Overview of the Design, Construction, and Operation of Interstate Liquid Petroleum Pipelines

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Overview of the Design, Construction, and Operation of Interstate Liquid Petroleum Pipelines

by T.C. Pharris1 and R.L. Kolpa2 1 Decision and Information Sciences Division 2 Environmental Science Division Argonne National Laboratory November 2007


................................... 1..1..........1.. 1........................................................................2 Coincident Construction .................... 1............................................................... 2..................................................................12 Pumps and Pumping Stations...1...10 Overpressure Protection........6 Piping Manifolds..... 2.......................................1.....4 System Components.........................1..................................................................10 Mass Flow Meters...................................................15 Measurement and Flow Control.......4....................................................................................... 1.............................1.............5 Valve Manifolds...............................................................4................... iii vii 1 1 2 4 5 5 6 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 10 10 10 13 13 13 13 14 17 19 19 20 24 29 31 31 32 34 34 34 38 38 39 39 39 ....................1................................................................1......................................................................................................1.......6 Pressure .................................1...........7 Pigging Stations ................................................................................... 2........................................................................... 1....................................... 2.........................................................4.......................................2 Fluids Handled ............................................................................................. 1............... 1 INTRODUCTION ............ 1............................... 1................................................................................................................... 2............................1.............1 General Pipeline Design Considerations .......................................................13 Pigging Devices and Pig Launching/Receiving Facilities .........12 Corrosion Control Systems ...................14 Distribution Terminals ........................ Pipeline Network .................3 Industry Codes and Standards........................ 2............................. 2................1.........................................CONTENTS NOTATION......................................................................... 2.................... 2...... 2...2 Piping Types ........... 2.....4 Pipeline Coating............................... 1......... 1....11 Valve Spacing and Rapid Shutdown.....4... 1.......4....... 2........3 Types of Line Pipe .......2................1 U............................................. 2.................................................................1.....4................. 2..... 2.....4. 2.................................7 Product Qualities............ 2.............. 2........................1..................................................... 1................. 1................................................2 Safety ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1.........................................................................2... 1....9 Telecommunication Towers....4............... 2....8 Other Design Considerations ........................................................................................1 Factors Influencing Pipeline Design........................S.........................................................11 Valves ................................. 1.................1................................................................................................4.. 2.................9 Leak Detection .............................................8 Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems................2..............5 Sizing ............................................4..........4 Metering Stations ..........................................1 Fire Hazards .......3 Pumping Stations .....4........................1 Tankage..........................2 Colocation Issues in Corridors............ 2..................16 Risk of Natural Hazards and Human Threats ...........................4...................................................................................... 2 PIPELINE DESIGN ......................1.........................................3 Electrical Interference...............

........1 Survey and Mapping ...................... 3....................................... Waste Management....12 Final Grading and Reclamation .................................. Leak Detection ............................................................................................................ 4...................................1 Moving and Lowering Hazardous Liquid Pipelines ..............................9...............3......................................13 Special Conditions .............................................................................................................................. 4.............. 3.......3.............................2......2 Remedial Action for Corrosion Deficiencies...... 4.......................................................3 Geometry Tools ...............3................................................2.............................. 3........................3.................... Pigging Activities............................................1 Inspections and Markers ..............................1 3..................................................... 3......... Integrity Assesments.......................................3....... 3...........................3.9 Lowering the Pipeline into the Ditch .....................2 ROW Inspections . 3.............................................. 3........................... 3....................................1 Movement and Staging of Pipeline Components and Construction Equipment........ 4..........................................................................1 Metal-Loss Tools ..................... Preconstruction Activities......................... 3..3........ Chemical Additives..................................6 4........................................................................................................ Pipeline Security ...3.....2 Scheduling............................................................................................................. PIPELINE OPERATIONS .....................................................3 Pipeline Markers and Aboveground Facilities.............................................. 4....................................1...............................6 Welding......................................4 4... 3.. 3............................. 3....... Cathodic Corrosion Protection............................. 3..8 Pipe Coating.............1........................................................ 3..... 3..................................................................5 Pipe Bedding Material ................2.................................9.1..................................2......4 Change in Operating Rate.........................1 Inspections during Excavation.......................3 Stringing Pipe Joints along the ROW ..............................1..............................................10 Backfilling the Ditch.............................3...........2 Staging Areas ..................3................................................................. 45 46 46 46 48 48 48 51 51 53 55 56 57 60 60 61 61 62 64 65 79 79 79 79 80 80 80 81 81 81 82 82 82 83 84 85 86 86 86 4 4....................) 3 PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION ...................3 Construction..................... 3................................................4 Ditching..........2 Crack-Detection Tools .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................5 4........................................7 4...........................................2 4.................................... 4........CONTENTS (Cont................. 3.......................................11 Hydrostatic Testing...................3.............................................. Pipeline Repairs ........................................................................................................................3...9....2 Clearing and Grading...........................................................................................................8 4.........................................................................7 Pipe Bending.....................3 4.................... 4..... 3.......2................................................3................. 4.........................3 Soil and Geology Studies....... 4...........9 iv .................. 4........

................................................................................................3-6 3..... References................................................ Welding Pipe..........................................) 4.....3-9 3..................... Backfilling Pipeline ..................................1-3 3.............................................3-10 3.................................. Pipe Segments Arriving at Rail Off-loading Area.............1-2 2............. Typical ROW Maintenance in Forested Areas ...............1-1 2............9................................................................ Examples of the Types of Pigs in Use Today ...............................................................................................3-1 3........ Pig Launcher/Receiver.3-15 Coating Newly Installed Pipe for Corrosion Control ..... 87 87 89 91 93 FIGURES 2.......................................................................................................................... 5 6 7 Decommission and Demolition ......... Emergencies and Off-Normal Events ............. Typical ROW with Adjacent Pipeline ......................................... Applying Coating to Pipeline. Stringing Pipe along the ROW ..................................... Pipeline Ditching ...........................................................................................3-7 3......................................3-11 3.................................................. Final Contouring of Pipeline ROW .............................................10 Pipeline Repair Techniques ............................................... Pipe Bending Machine...... v 18 35 36 49 50 51 52 52 54 54 55 56 58 60 61 62 63 64 .3-2 3...............3-8 3.. Lowering Pipe into Trench ...........................................3-12 3.. 4.............. Typical ROW with Topsoil Segregation.....................................4 Mapping Tools ................. Delivering Pipe Segments to the Construction Site in Rugged Terrain May Require Special Equipment ........................................................................................................................3-4 3...........................................................................................................................................3-14 3.............................................. Sample Road Entrance to a Pipeline ROW..............................................................................................................................................................................................................3-5 3.3-13 3......................... Pipe Segments in a Material Laydown Area.................CONTENTS (Cont..............................................................3-3 3......................

..........3-20 3.......2-1 2........................................................ Degree of Component Vulnerability to Damage or Disruption from Natural Hazards and Human Threats ...........................................................................................1-3 Characteristics of Liquid Hydrocarbons ..........................................) 3.............3-25 3..........................3-16 3................................................................................... Typical Pipeline Breakout Station at a Petroleum Terminal .............FIGURES (Cont..........................1-2 2............................... 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 75 78 78 TABLES 1................3-18 3................................................. Waterbody Crossing Containing a Second Pipeline .............. Crude Oil Pipeline Pump Station..........3-24 3...... Dam-and-Pump River Crossing with Two Pipelines........................................................1-1 2........................................................................................ Flume Water Crossing with Two Pipelines ............................................................3-17 3.... Live Loads ....................................................3-19 3................................................................................ 3 26 26 40 vi .......................... Bored Road/Railroad Crossing .. Typical Directional Drilling under Waterway . Saturated Wetland Crossing...........................3-27 Revegetated Pipeline ROW ......................................3-21 3..3-23 3........................................ Concrete-Coated Pipe in a Wetland......3-26 3...................3-22 3.................... Impact Factors for Highways and Railroads Versus Depth of Cover.. Trenched Road Crossing............................................................ Typical Waterbody Crossing ........

initialisms. vii . Department of Energy U. ethylbenzene. ACRONYMS. toluene.S. INITIALISMS. and abbreviations (including units of measure) used in this document. Department of Transportation Energy Information Administration (DOE) U.S. AND ABBREVIATIONS AASHTO AC ACEC ALA ANSI AOPL API AREA AREMA ASCF ASME ASTM AWS BTEX CDPD CFR CPS DOE DOT EIA EPA FEMA FERC GPS HDD IAPMO IEEE American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials alternating current areas of critical environmental concern American Lifelines Alliance American National Standards Institute Association of Oil Pipe Lines American Petroleum Institute American Railway Engineering Association American Railway Engineering Maintenance-of-Way Association American Society of Civil Engineers American Society of Mechanical Engineers American Society for Testing and Materials American Welding Society benzene. Environmental Protection Agency Federal Energy Management Agency Federal Energy Regulatory Commission global positioning system horizontal directional drilling International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. and xylene Cellular Digital Packet Data Code of Federal Regulaions cathodic protection system U. Acronyms and abbreviations used only in tables and figures are defined in the respective tables and figures.S. Inc.NOTATION The following is a list of the acronyms.

LNG LPG MAOP MFL MOP MTU NACE NDT NORM OPS OSHA RCRA ROW(s) RP RTU SCADA TAPS UHF VHF liquefied natural gas liquefied petroleum gas maximum allowable operating pressure magnetic flux leakage maximum operating pressure master terminal unit National Association of Corrosion Engineers nondestructive testing naturally occurring radioactive materials Office of Pipeline Safety (DOT) Occupational Safety and Health Administration Resource Conservation and Recovery Act right(s)-of-way Recommended Practice remote thermal unit supervisory control and data acquisition Trans-Alaska Pipeline System ultrahigh frequency very high frequency UNITS OF MEASURE cSt °F lb ppm psi psia psig centistoke degree(s) Fahrenheit pound(s) part(s) per million pound(s) per square inch pound(s) per square inch absolute pound(s) per square inch gauge viii .

both onshore and offshore. mountains. or 4 trillion barrel-miles. the cost to move a barrel of gasoline from Houston. AOPL 2006). The United States also has an estimated 30. Many pipelines cross one or more state boundaries (interstate). These small lines gather the oil from many wells.000 miles of small gathering lines (usually 2 to 6 inches in diameter) located primarily in Texas. destinations. Nearly all of the mainline pipe is buried. Approximately 66% of domestic petroleum transport (by ton-mile) occurs by pipeline. with small systems in a number of other oil producing states. The two primary publications on which the following discussions are based are: Oil and Gas Pipeline Fundamentals (Kennedy 1993) and the Pipeline Rules of Thumb Handbook (McAllister 2002). That represents about 17% of all freight transported in the United States.S. and interconnections. while others are very complex.1 1 INTRODUCTION 1. deserts. of crude oil and refined products during 2001. and still others operate on the Outer Continental Shelf and may or may not extend into one or more states. to New York Harbor is only 3¢ per gallon. PIPELINE NETWORK The U. In 2004. which is a small fraction of the cost of gasoline to consumers. with marine movements accounting for 28% and rail and truck transport making up the balance. while that of petroleum products amounted to 315. Texas.000 miles of refined products pipelines nationwide. Readers interested in more detailed discussions are invited to consult the myriad engineering publications available that provide such details. up to 48 inches in diameter. installation.000 miles of crude oil trunk lines (usually 8 to 24 inches in diameter) in the United States that connect regional markets. Some lines are as short as a mile. while some are located within a single state (intrastate). The overview of pipeline design. Arctic tundra. Comprised of approximately 200. There are approximately 55. yet the cost of doing so amounted to only 2% of the nation’s freight bill. and vital to the nation’s economy. 8.9 billion ton-miles (AOPL 2006). pipelines are located in coastal plains. and Wyoming. but other pipeline components such as pump stations are above ground. liquid petroleum pipeline industry is large. Oklahoma. connecting a single source to a single destination. There are approximately 95.000 miles or more. with the exception of some New England states. Some are very simple. diverse.1 U. and connect to larger trunk lines measuring 8 to 24 inches in diameter. while others may extend 1. Pipelines may be small or large. having many 12-inch-diameter lines. and more than a mile beneath the water’s surface of the Gulf of Mexico (Rabinow 2004. As an illustration of the low cost of pipeline transportation.S. Louisiana. liquid petroleum pipelines carried more than 40 million barrels per day.S. The network of crude oil pipelines in the United States is extensive. the movement of crude petroleum by domestic federally regulated pipelines amounted to 599. These refined product pipelines vary in size from relatively small. . to up to 42 inches in diameter. Refined products pipelines are found in almost every state in the United States.000 to 40. and operation provided in the following sections is only a cursory treatment.6 billion tonmiles.000 miles of pipe in all fifty states. U.

S.1 Still other materials transported by pipelines include carbon dioxide and anhydrous ammonia. . An excellent bibliography on pipeline standards and practices. but are located in arid areas or areas where water availability is limited. longdistance pipelines have been constructed to carry “produced water”3 from oil and gas fields to refineries and other industrial facilities that use copious amounts of water. Websites maintained by various pipeline operators also can provide much useful information. including special considerations for pipelines in Arctic climates. aviation fuels. the majority of natural gas transported by pipeline over long distances is transported as a gas. as well as links to other sources of information. economic regulation. Other materials include petrochemical feedstocks (also known as secondary feedstocks) such as benzene. both transported as liquids under their own pressure. 1.2-1 1 However.2 FLUIDS HANDLED The products carried in liquid pipelines include a wide range of materials. available electronically at http://www. with the resulting mixture being suitable for delivery back to the refinery by pipeline for further processing. 3 As used here. produced water includes water recovered at the well head or crude oil and/or natural gas production wells. operations. However.2 Both are recommended references for additional reading for those requiring additional details. Also carried by pipeline are liquefied petroleum fuels such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) (albeit over relatively short distances). and deactivation of liquid pipelines (AOPL/API 2007). liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and is recommended. the distillate fractions are used to dilute these feedstocks. albeit over relatively short distances. all of which are gases at standard temperature and pressure but easily liquefied with the application of pressure. Crude oil systems gather production from onshore and offshore fields. construction. heating oil. whether produced in domestic refineries or imported to coastal terminals. long-distance pipelines have been constructed to carry distillate fractions from the distillation of crude oils from refineries to production facilities for crude feedstocks such as bitumen recovered from tar sands and heavy oils. interconnection points. The Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) jointly provide an overview covering the life cycle of design. 2 Carbon dioxide is also transported by pipeline as a gas. and various fuel oils.eia. the website maintained by the U. Refined petroleum product. both located in Fairbanks (Barboza and Trebelhorn 2001). has been published jointly by librarians for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (operators of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System [TAPS]) and the Geophysical Institute/International Arctic Research Center. and aromatics such as xylene. including gasoline. typically connecting hydrogen production facilities with refineries and other industries that use hydrogen as a starting material in their processes. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) (http://www. styrene. In particular. and refineries. diesel fuel. propylene. Table 1. are sizable portions of the pipelines business. Such feedstocks are too viscous to be transported by pipeline. Also in recent years. and cumene that are delivered by pipeline from refineries to petrochemical production plants or to other refineries.html#codes. while transmission lines transport crude to Hydrogen is also delivered by pipeline. maintenance.2 In recent years.doe. The crude oil may be of domestic origin or imported.alaska. toluene.

2-1 Characteristics of Liquid Hydrocarbons Type 1(a): liquefied gases (liquefied petroleum gas. sunken oil has little potential for evaporation • May accumulate on bottom under calm conditions and smother subtidal resources • Sunken oil may be resuspended during storms. Increased numbers of products carried on a pipeline increase the support facilities. required to receive and segregate the different products. maintained at high pressures Type 1(b): very light grade oils (gasoline) • Highly volatile • Evaporates quickly. and the oil may separate when spilled • Low acute toxicity relative to other oil types provides an overview of the physical characteristics of the more common liquid hydrocarbons transported via pipeline. In those instances. may form tar balls • May sink in water. 6 fuel oil. bunker C) • Heavy oils with little or no evaporation • Water-soluble fraction typically less than 10 ppm • Heavy surface contamination likely • Highly persistent. more than one product is transported through the same interstate pipeline. the line pipe meets the most rigorous product-specific standards among all of the materials being transported.3 TABLE 1. often completely within 1 to 2 days Type 2: light grade oils (jet fuels. providing a chronic source of shoreline oiling • Highly variable and often blended with oils • Blends may be unstable. Typically. . No. propylene) • Highly volatile • Gas at ambient conditions. especially distilled products Type 3: medium grade oils (most crude oils) • About one-third will evaporate within 24 hours • Typical water-soluble fraction 10−100 ppm • May penetrate substrate and persist • May pose significant cleanup-related impacts Type 4: heavy grade oil (heavy crudes. 2 fuel oil. such as tankage. diesel. No. light crude) • Moderately volatile • Will leave residue (up to one-third of spill amount) after a few days • Moderately soluble. ethylene. depending on product density • May pose significant cleanup-related impacts • Low acute toxicity relative to other oil types Type 5 low API fuel grade oils (heavy industrial fuel oils) • Neutrally buoyant or may sink • Weathers slowly. long-term contamination possible • Weathers very slowly.

For example. The two types of pipe differ both by the number of longitudinal weld seams in the pipe and the type of welding equipment used. Various grades of line pipe are specified. various plastics.htm. or longitudinally psi. based on yield strength. Other grade categories may indicate special fabrication methods.S. Most pipe used in the United States is manufactured as seamless. Seamless steel pipe is made without a longitudinal weld by hotworking lengths of steel to produce pipe of the desired size and properties. Welded pipe is made using several manufacturing processes. or joint. Newer pipe grades X70 and X805 are available. (Accessed July 12. 2000). pipe. The force is typically expressed in units of pounds per square inch.htm. (Accessed July 14. respectively.pdf and http://www. A more detailed discussion of pipe fabrication can be found in Kennedy (1993).4 Grade A line pipe has a minimum yield strength of 30. other parts of the world use spiral-welded pipe. 5 X80 line pipe is for large-diameter high-strength pipelines. Pipe made of materials other than steel.usstubular. It is manufactured according to the specifications of the American Petroleum Institute (API 1994. including seamslp.000 psi minimum yield strength.europipe. such as saltwater disposal or the transport of highly corrosive crude oils.000 pounds per square inch (psi).europipe. with Grade B having a minimum yield strength of 35. Grade X42 indicates a pipe made of steel with a 42. and cement asbestos.000 psi. etc. which has a spiral weld along its length. and the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM). X60 pipe has a minimum yield strength of 60. 2006. not how the joints are connected in the field to form a continuous EP_TP47_02en. Welded pipe is the most common pipe used in petroleum pipeline www/download/EP_TP47_02en.) .4 1. 2006. of pipe is manufactured. Line pipe is manufactured as either seamless or welded. Steel Tubular Products websites http://www. See http://www.usstubular. These designations refer to how each length.6 Additional information on line pipe grades can be obtained from the EUROPIPE and U. the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). but are typically used in offshore or high-pressure gas pipelines for large-diameter or high-pressure applications.) 6 See “General Description of Seamless Standard and Line Pipe Grades” at http://www. the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). has been used for special applications involving corrosive liquids. However. 4 Yield strength is the amount of tensile force that must be applied to cause a permanent deformation (elongation) in a test sample.3 TYPES OF LINE PIPE Steel pipe is used in most pipelines transporting hydrocarbons. The individual lengths of pipe are normally joined by welding sections of pipe together (20 or more feet in length).

and operational procedures. See. Since many pipelines originate or terminate at coastal facilities to enable marine movements.) API standards can be purchased electronically from a number of vendors. is available at the API website: http://www. as well as all other API publications. API and ASME standards have been promulgated to address the design and construction of these facilities.1. dock facilities are also often included in a comprehensive definition of a pipeline system. Terminals are also required to develop spill prevention.ihs. as well as waste materials generated through routine pipeline and terminal 7 Over 51 API standards have been promulgated relating to storage tanks. control.8 If the crude is at a storage field. etc. . each facility needs to have waste handling and environmental control capabilities. this is collected and trucked to wastewater treatment. when the produced water recovered at the production well contains naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). Waters recovered in the desalter are typically combined with other refinery wastewaters and treated in on-site facilities before being used (recycled) or to meet the requirements and pollutant limitations of discharge permits. pig launching/recovery facilities (see Section 2. Produced water containing NORM is typically reintroduced into the oil-bearing formation through injection wells. cathodic protection.4.5 1. A catalogue of all storage tank-related API standards. sampling dump stations. the nature and capacity of the storage depend on the business of the pipeline and the product(s) it carries. All pipeline terminals need to handle the drainage of lubricants and pipeline products. and countermeasure plans for responses to accidental releases of products. (Accessed January 11. and the capability of handling pipeline sludge that can accumulate on pipeline walls and is removed during pigging activities. refineries will process crude oils in a “desalter” to remove all water. which is the mixture of two hydrocarbons shipped together. Crude oil delivered through pipelines also often contains small amounts of produced water. in some cases. most facilities have the ability to handle pipeline waste materials and/or interface materials when the pipeline handles multiple products. to facilitate product movements and. (Accessed January 11.7 In addition. to accommodate product As a first step in the refining process. The size and nature of the storage depend on the business of the pipeline and the product(s) it carries. 2007.4 SYSTEM COMPONENTS 2825285B244A403C415B5D58250A&rid=Z56&mid=Z56&country_code=US&lang_code=ENGL&input_doc_ title=storage%20tanks&org_code=API. 2007. additional controls are typically employed to exclude this water from the pipeline to the greatest extent possible so as to prevent NORM contamination of the pipeline and its associated components.api.13).1 Tankage Most pipeline systems have the ability to temporarily store and/or receive shipped product on each end of the pipeline. Along with meeting all of the tankage requirements mentioned above.) 8 However. dealing with such topics as design criteria. Again. Transmix. Some materials recovered in responses to accidental releases. for example: http://global. must be segregated and either downgraded to an appropriate specification or reprocessed. Nearly all pipeline terminal facilities have pumps. contaminated condensates.

often in a liquefied state). as well as the terminals and refineries that receive them. Various tank designs are employed. covered floating roof tanks. Some of the API standards and recommended procedures described above address these requirements. 1. small tanks that serve as pressure stabilizing elements of overall pipeline operations will also be located close to the pipeline. Typical in the United States flowlines are between 2 and 4 inches in diameters. enclosed drainage systems. but not necessarily within pipeline rights-of-way (ROWs) or designated energy corridors. the pipeline’s ROW or within the designated energy corridor. or bullet-style tanks (typically used to store gases at high pressures. Such wastes require segregation and treatment or disposal in specially permitted facilities. Also. interconnecting pipelines and surge or pressure-relief tanks or breakout tanks are integral to interstate pipeline transport and can be expected to be located close to. Depending on the amount of production water that is allowed to be introduced into the pipeline and the source. corrosion monitoring and protection.9 so terminals typically also include facilities to temporarily store such materials before transport to permitted treatment and disposal facilities. typical design and operational considerations that have been incorporated into industry standards are reflected at facilities where storage is occurring. if not within. leak detection. Flowlines are generally small-diameter pipelines operating at relatively low pressure. procedures for purging tank vapor spaces and vapor recovery/treatment. In accordance with federal or state environmental regulations and to provide for safe operation. requirements for periodic inspection and monitoring programs. some specifically suited for particular products or conditions.4. Adherence to relevant standards results in features such as tank dikes. A number of facilities have on-site waste water treatment facilities.2. double seals on floating roof tanks. open-top floating roof tanks.2 Piping Types 1. aboveground tanks generally predominate. These include cone roof tanks. and specification of minimum corrosion allowances. All storage locations with capacities above prescribed volumes are also required to develop and periodically exercise emergency response plans for accidental releases of stored product. Although storage could occur in both aboveground and underground tanks. . which is more cost effective. However. The size required varies 9 This is especially true of pipelines that transport secondary feedstocks containing listed chemicals or distillate products that demonstrate flammability characteristics specified in hazardous waste regulations.6 operation. spherical tanks (typically used for gases stored at high pressure).4. qualify as hazardous waste under federal or state environmental laws. at changes in elevation. pipelines that carry certain crude oils. may also generate waste from pigging operations or tank and equipment cleaning operations that contain naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM). The primary shipping and receiving terminals are adjacent to.1 Flowlines Flowlines are used as part of a crude gathering system in production areas to move produced oil from individual wells to a central point in the field for treating and storage.

and the pressure available at the producing well to force the oil through the line.4. More typically. ethane pipelines can operate at pressures up to 1.e. and therefore could be made of materials other than steel. Operating methods allow for minimizing the interface between products. Flowlines typically operate at pressures below 100 psi.2 Crude Trunk Lines Crude is moved from central storage facilities over long-distance trunk lines to refineries or other storage facilities. a sphere or a specially designed pig can be inserted between batches to reduce the amount of mixing.2.7 according to the capacity of the well being served. .440 psi. liquids that vaporize at ambient temperatures must be shipped at higher pressures. since it is the maximum size that is currently manufactured within the United States. Some wells are not pressurized and require pumping to collection systems. although various types of plastic have been used in a limited number of applications. Product pipelines usually are 12 to 24 inches in diameter. but can be as large as 40 inches in the case of the Colonial Pipeline. corresponding to a weight of 7. which carries gasoline and distillate from the Gulf Coast to northeast markets. Product pipelines are unique. marketing them as product mixtures of lower quality than the original individual products) or by recovering and refractionating each mixture into the two original petroleum products. 42-inchdiameter pipe is the maximum size used. Crude trunk lines operate at higher pressures than flowlines and could vary in size from 6 inches in diameter to as large as 4 feet..58 lb/lineal foot for a 3-inch-diameter pipe (Kennedy 1993). In some instances. 10 The TAPS is currently the largest operational crude oil pipeline in the United States.3 Product Pipelines Pipelines carrying products that are liquid at ambient temperatures and pressures do not have to operate at excessive pressures in order to maintain the product in a liquid state. Regardless of how the commodities are separated while in the pipeline. since they are typically used to transport a variety of petroleum distillate products concurrently in a batch-wise manner. 1.216 inch for a 3-inch-diameter pipe are not uncommon. Pipelines used for oil flowlines typically operate at low pressures. However. the length of the line.10 1.2. Flowlines are normally made of steel. The petroleum products jointly carried in the same pipeline are always chemically compatible with each other. but may differ in physical properties such as density. Some intermixing occurs at the interface of two products sequentially introduced into the pipeline. any mixtures of two commodities are segregated from the rest of the flow at terminals and handled by downgrading (i. Flowline pipe wall thicknesses of 0. as in the TAPS in Alaska. Pipe used in TAPS was manufactured in Japan.4. For instance.

. however.3 Pumping Stations As with storage tanks. pump stations require an infrastructure of their own.12 1. Pumps are typically driven by electric motors. the presence of piping manifolds can result in a very significant and complex operation at either the origin or destination of a pipeline. Check valves that would prevent product within the pipeline from reversing flow and running downhill when pumps are stopped must also be closed in a specific sequence. wastes generated at pump stations are temporarily stored and then removed by vacuum tanker to off-site treatment or disposal facilities. reduced performance.4.8 1.4.11 Also. such as for viscosity reduction. 12 Shutting down a pipeline is a complex operation. Pumps must be shut down and valves closed in a specific sequence to prevent overpressurization of some segments of the pipeline. such as nearby sewer facilities or holding facilities for transfer in batches to an off-site waste-handling facility. and/or observed deterioration and wear. and consistency of product for billing purposes and delivery receipts. Regardless of design. pump stations are typically equipped with sufficient emergency power generation to support monitoring and control systems to accomplish an immediate safe shutdown. the manifolds in which such 11 For small-scale operations. Typically there is some “shrinkage” in volume when products are transferred from pipeline to tanks to pipeline. 1. Along with pump seals that require continuous leak detection and repair. In the event of power failures or other significant upset conditions. Since many interstate pipelines have blending facilities on one end or the other. Systems and processes are in place to determine when the shrinkage observed is outside expected values. Depending on location.4.4 Metering Stations Although primarily utilized to measure the volume.4. valve manifolds must be closely monitored and periodically overhauled based on schedules established by the manufacturer (preventative maintenance). engines operating on a variety of fuels (but typically obtained from sources other than the pipeline itself) can also be used to drive the pumps. all valves require regular monitoring and maintenance. They require waste handling. quality. power may be an issue. Any discrepancy could indicate some sort of system leak.5 Valve Manifolds Valves are installed at strategic locations along the mainline pipe to control flows and pressures within the pipe and to isolate pipe segments in the event of upset or emergency conditions. the handling and injection of additives. 1.6 Piping Manifolds Depending on the facility. often occurs at pump stations. storage tank monitoring and product metering can be used with line pressure monitors to verify that pipeline integrity has not been compromised.

but instead is carried along the pipe by the flow of the liquid in the pipe. and cabling to provide voice and/or data communications to the various facilities along the pipeline as well as to the SCADA system components. and mainline block valve sites. 1. SCADA systems also perform a variety of additional functions including alarm processing.7 Pigging Stations Pipeline operators may incorporate the use of pigs. The pig’s outer diameter is the same as. regardless of their degree of sophistication. leak detection. Depending on the product and the age of the pipeline.15. Pigs are introduced at launching facilities located along the mainline pipe ROW. the various pump stations. so that a portion of the pig is compressed when placed inside.9 Telecommunication Towers SCADA systems. pigs must be removed before reaching the next pump station. and repair activities. See Section 2.1. or slightly larger than the internal diameter of the pipe. Such blending facilities may also be present within a pipeline ROW in a centralized corridor. and other functions deemed critical to the safe operation of the pipeline.4. . Such pig recovery stations are typically immediately upstream of the next downstream pump station. maintenance. such as telecommunication towers. delivery facilities. depending on the nature and quality (purity) of the materials being transported. A communication system includes equipment. Section 2. are only as good as the communication system that transmits data and commands throughout the pipeline system. Pigs can be designed to clean accumulated sludge and debris off the inside walls of a pipe.9 blending is accomplished can be elaborate and have much more piping than what would normally be required for simple movements from one location to another. storage/distribution terminals. hydraulic analysis. Real-time data communications are necessary between the control center. the pig itself has no power source to propel it along the pipe. 1. Data recorded by smart pigs are typically integrated with the data from the pipeline’s supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system (see below) and are used to control inspection.1.8 Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems Pipelines are monitored and operated using sophisticated SCADA systems. or to monitor the pipe for conditions such as corrosion (known as “smart pigs”).4. 1. Obviously. In most instances. SCADA systems regulate pressure and flow by monitoring and controlling pump operation and the positions of valves. throughput analysis. pump station monitoring.13 for an additional discussion of the various types and applications of pigs. often in conjunction with a pump station. cleaning and monitoring pigs are routinely introduced into and recovered from the pipeline without any interruption of pipeline operations.4.1 provides an expanded discussion on how SCADA systems are used to monitor and control the operations of a pipeline.

and fiber optic cable. The first type is referred to as a volumetric flow meter. valve spacing limits the amount of product that can be released to the environment in the event of catastrophic failure (relying on the SCADA system to identify the failure as a precipitous drop in system pressure and to automatically shut valves to isolate the apparent problem). These balance checks would typically be performed via the SCADA computer system. Corrosion control is accomplished through a variety of means.4. In addition.10 Real-time operational data communications can be supported through a combination of the following approaches: telephone company circuits. pipeline systems employ redundant communication links to ensure that critical data are communicated in the event of a failure in one of the systems. cathodic protection is provided through the use of an impressed current or sacrificial anodes to counteract 13 In some instances.12 Corrosion Control Systems Corrosion control of pipeline systems primarily composed of steel and other metals is critical to system integrity. 1. microwave. satellite terminals.4. Valve location is a critical design issue to insure that discrete portions of the line can be isolated in the event of a line leak or when maintenance is required.11 Valves Valve types and locations comprise an important facet of liquid pipeline design and operation. mainline valves for TAPS are spaced such that no more than a prescribed amount of product would exist in the segment of pipe between any two valves or a valve and a pump station.10 Mass Flow Meters There are two types of flow meters used in liquid pipeline systems. point-to-point radio pairs. In other instances such as for petrochemicals. valve placement is dictated by environmental factors. paints and protective coatings are applied followed by wrapping and taping sections of mainline pipe prior to burial to isolate the metallic pipe and prevent its participation in electrochemical reactions. Valves located in the mainline must be compatible with pigging equipment. Buried metallic objects will corrode (chemically oxidize) through participation in electrochemical reactions if not adequately protected. flow rates are measured in units of pounds by a mass meter. For example. With both types of flow meters. In most instances. so this type of meter is usually applied. Often.” This process is conducted to insure the accuracy of the measured flow quantities. .4. Thus. the majority of transfers and sales are measured in volumetric units such as barrels or gallons. Flow meters also offer the pipeline operator the opportunity to monitor for any leaks by performing volume or mass balance checks around specified sections of the pipeline network.13 Check valves that would prevent backflows of product down grades in the event of loss of power to pipeline pumps are also essential to prevent overpressurization of pipe segments at the base of grade changes. 1. the accuracy of the measurements is periodically checked by a “meter prover. 1. Flow meters are commonly used where custody transfers or sales are involved. In the oil industry.

Galvanic electrodes must be replaced periodically. individuals using monitoring devices can check their performance (i. Current is allowed to naturally flow from the pipe to the ground. the electrodes are “sacrificed” to protect the iron pipe. thereby canceling that reaction.11 those electrochemical reactions. For impressed-current systems. and many last over the lifetime of the pipe. such site-specific conditions are determined using a test electrode placed in virtually the identical electrochemical environment. Typically. Various polyethylene. anodes are buried in the soil proximate to the section of buried pipe being protected. some also including asphalt and/or coal tar. are electrically bonded to and buried along side of the pipe. Alternatively. SCADA systems can be configured to monitor the performance of impressed-current systems.or epoxy-based paints. impressed-current system components that are buried with the pipe will typically not need replacement for 20 to 25 years. however. Electrodes composed of magnesium or zinc. but not connected in any way to the pipeline and easily recoverable. it is the zinc or magnesium in the electrodes that looses electrons in the process. Impressed-current systems can be monitored from the ground as a demonstration of their continued proper performance. and excavations to expose those electrodes for replacement can be done only as necessary. An alternative to impressed-current systems is the use of galvanic electrodes. measure the voltage being applied to the pipe) at ground-level monitoring points installed along the length of the pipeline. This impressed current counterbalances the flow of electrons from the pipe to the soil that would otherwise have resulted from the pipe’s oxidation.. A current is applied to the anodes equivalent to the current that would result from the electrochemical oxidation of the pipe. .. This current is allowed to flow through the soil to the pipe which then completes the circuit. both of which corrode more easily than the iron in the pipe. Unless malfunctions occur. so that the extent of its degradation can be observed and replacement intervals established for the electrodes attached to the pipe. Cathodic protection involves either the use of an impressed current or sacrificial (or galvanic) anodes. Thus. Site-specific conditions of soil moisture and electrical conductivity determine the proper anode replacement intervals.e. are used for buried pipe and valves.

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wall thickness. Safe operations result from developing and strictly adhering to standard procedures and providing the workforce with 14 As a practical matter. and Pump station horsepower required. the desired throughput. Training of pipeline operating and maintenance personnel is also a key ingredient in the ongoing efforts to insure system integrity and safety.1 General Pipeline Design Considerations The major steps in pipeline system design involve establishment of critical pipeline performance objectives and critical engineering design parameters such as: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Required throughput (volume per unit time for most petroleum products.13 2 PIPELINE DESIGN 2. .S. Origin and destination points. equipment selection and operating parameters are determined based on such factors as the density of the commodity to be transported.14 2. Topography of pipeline route. pump stations. Maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP). Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) regulations provide appropriate safety factors and quality control issues during construction. Number of.1 FACTORS INFLUENCING PIPELINE DESIGN 2.2 Safety Safety in pipeline design and construction is achieved by the proper design and application of the appropriate codes and system hardware components.1. Design codes as set forth in U. delivery schedules committed to by the pipeline operator. pounds per unit time for petrochemical feedstocks). Product properties such as viscosity and specific gravity. Metering stations and SCADA systems provide continuous monitoring oversight of pipeline operations. and required yield strengths. and Hydraulic calculations to determine: Pipeline diameter. and distance between.1. and overall costs associated with ROW acquisition and construction and operating costs of sample components. as detailed above.

) A catalogue of all API publications.cfm?cid=888&fuseaction=EXTERNAL. As the needs of the industry evolved over the years. The scope of the first draft of the ASME Code for Pressure category. (Accessed December 6. and testing of oil and gas pipelines (ASME B31. philosophy. which was approved by the American Standards Association in nacestore/dept. In addition to ASME.15 The industry adheres to the following summary of standards:16 • Tank operation and construction (15 standards maintained by a committee operated by API) Underground storage caverns (2 API standards) Manufacture of line pipe (4 API standards) Cathodic protection against corrosion (8 NACE standards and guides) Welding (15 American Welding Society [AWS] and 1 API standards) Pipeline awareness (2 API standards) • • • • • 15 ASME codes can be purchased for electronic download from the ASME website at http://store.4). and rules for operation. inspection. Ordering information for standards may also be found there.asp?catalog_name=Codes+and+Standards&category_name=&Page=1& as well as corporate safety policies. several other organizations.nace. Available at https://www. including national consensus standards. and business practices. 2007. (Accessed December 6.) 16 Association of Oil Pipelines – Regulations and Standards. (Accessed February 2. Standard operating procedures typically are developed with reference to government and standard industry practices. the performance of process safety analyses and the development of very specific procedures for activities thought to represent potentially significant hazards to workers and the public. 2006). (Accessed December 6. and maintenance have been added.) .asme. also develop standards used by the pipeline industry.docview&documentID=57733.1. NACE International standards can be purchased for electronic download at http://www. rules for new construction have been enhanced. safety devices. included the design. 2.piersystem. corrosion control. is available for download at http://www. and appropriate personal protective equipment. experience.3 Industry Codes and Standards The ASME has a long history of developing standards for use in the oil and gas pipeline industry.asp?Cat%5FID=2905.api. 2006. in some instances. including the API and the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (now known as NACE International).14 adequate training. installation. including. 2006. manufacture. Regulations promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and by counterpart agencies at the state level specify the procedures and controls required to ensure workplace index.

September 1999 − “Specification for Line Pipe. November 1993 − “Evaluation Methodology for Software-Based Leak Detection Systems.” API 1149. construction.” API 1102 (1993) − “Marking Liquid Petroleum Pipeline Facilities.” ANSI/API 1117.” ANSI/API Std.” API 1157. November 2002 − “Pipeline Variable Uncertainties and Their Effects on Leak Detectability. August 1996 − “Computational Pipeline Monitoring for Liquids Pipelines. July 2003 − “Developing a Pipeline Supervisory Control Center.” API 1130.” API 1113. February 2000 − “Movement of In-Service Pipelines.G) • The following is a list of some of the primary standards governing pipeline design. “Assurance of Hazardous Liquid Pipeline System Integrity”) Pipeline wall thickness (API Standard B31.” API 5L. January 2005 − “Steel Pipelines Crossing Railroads and Highways.” API 5L Errata 1. API Recommended Practice (RP) 1107 − “Specification for Pipeline Valves (Gate. manufacturing.15 • Pipeline integrity (API Recommended Practice 1129. June 1998 Supplement 2 − “Welding of Pipelines and Related Facilities.” 21st edition. 1104. and Check Valves). Plug. API 1109.” 3rd edition.” API 1155. October 1998 . and operation: • API standards (including standards issued jointly by ANSI): − “Pipeline Maintenance Welding Practices.” 3rd edition. API 6D1. March 2004 − “Specification for Line Pipe. February 1996 − “Hydrostatic Test Water Treatment and Disposal.

2000 − “Process Piping.1B. API RP 2200.1A.” 3rd edition. ASTM standards can be purchased for electronic download at the ASTM website: http://webstore. Addenda B31.16 − “Managing System Integrity for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines. 1994 − “Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquid Hydrocarbons and Other Liquids.3A.11.8. 1999 − “Slurry Transportation Piping Systems. API 1163.” 2004 (triennial updates) − “Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems.” ASME B31.” ASME B31.” API 1160. 2002 − “Gas Transmission and Distribution Systems.8. 1999 − “Refrigeration Piping. (Accessed December 6.5 and Addenda B31. 1991 − “Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquid Hydrocarbons and Other” ASME B31.” ASME B31.” API RP 1102.” ASME B31. Liquid Petroleum Gas.) . 1998. 1999.1. August 2005 − “Pressure Testing of Liquid Petroleum Pipelines.” ANSI/API RP 1110.4. Addenda B31.5A.asme. November 2001 − “In-Line Inspection Systems Qualification Standard. March 1997 − “Repairing Crude Oil.asp?catalog_name= Codes+and+Standards&category_name=&Page=1.” ASME B31. Addenda B31.4. 2003 17 Numerous ASTM standards apply. May 1994 − “Steel Pipelines Crossing Railroads and Highways.” ASME B31.ansi. Addenda B31.) 18 ASME standards are available for electronic purchase at http://store. January 1993 • • ASTM standards17 ASME standards18 − “Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. 1998 − “Power Piping. 2006. (Accessed December 5.” 1st edition. 1999. 2006.asp.” ASME 31. and Product Pipelines.


− Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 6: Paints, Related Coatings, and Aromatics; Section 6.02: Paint – Products & Applications; Protective Coatings; Pipeline Coatings • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), National Electrical Safety Code, 200719 International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), Uniform Plumbing Code, 2003 (an American National Standards Institute national consensus standard)20 International Conference of Building Officials, Uniform Building Codes (13 codes in all), 200721 International Conference on Building Officials, Uniform Fire Code, 2006 edition22 National Fire Protection Association, National Electrical Code Handbook, 2005 edition23

A December 2001 report for the API’s Pipeline Committee contains an interesting discussion on the evolution of pipeline technologies and standards, covering milestones from the first United States cast iron pipe in 1834 to the publication of API Standard 1160 in November 2001 (Kiefner 2001).

2.1.4 Pipeline Coating Corrosion-resistant coatings are applied to the exteriors of most pipes to inhibit corrosion. These may be applied at the manufacturing plant or a pipe coating plant located separately. However, coatings are also sometimes applied at the construction site. Even for precoated pipe, field dressings of joints and connections are also performed at the construction site just prior to burial. For particularly corrosive products (including some crude oils with high total acid numbers), pipes are also sometimes coated on the inside for corrosion resistance. In addition to the resistance to corrosion they provide, some interior coatings are also designed to reduce
19 IEEE standards are available for electronic download at (Accessed December 6, 2006.) 20 The IAPMO Uniform Plumbing Code is available for electronic purchase at product.asp?pid=res10703&src=catalog&cookie%5Ftest=1. (Accessed December 6, 2006.) 21 Uniform Building Codes, published by the International Conference of Building Officials, are available for electronic purchase at (Accessed December 5, 2006.) 22 The Uniform Fire Code is available for electronic purchase at AboutTheCodes.asp?DocNum=1. (Accessed December 6, 2006.) 23 The National Electric Code Handbook is available for electronic purchase at product.asp?pid=70HB05&order_src=A291. (Accessed December 6, 2006.)


frictional losses between the product and the interior walls of the pipe, thereby reducing the total amount of energy required to move the materials along the pipeline.24. Protective wrappings, followed by the application of tape to the edges of the spirally applied overlapping wrapping, are often installed on the exterior of the pipe to further assist in corrosion control, but also to primarily protect the pipe from mechanical damage at installation. Wraps and tape often are impregnated with tar or other asphalt-based materials and heated in place once applied, to ensure uniform coverage. Once cured, the exterior coatings are chemically stable and environmentally inert, resisting degradation by soil moisture and bacteria, yet remaining sufficiently flexible that they continue to provide a protective coating on the pipe throughout a wide temperature range. Likewise, wrapping materials and tape are stable and inert (including toward the material being transported in the pipeline) and do not pose a potential for adverse environmental impacts. Figure 2.1-1 illustrates installation of an exterior pipe tape wrap prior to the pipe’s installation in its trench. Other coatings, such as thin-film epoxy and extruded polymers are also used as alternative to wraps and asphaltic coatings. Depending on local soil conditions, material of uniform size is sometimes imported to the construction site to form a bed on which the pipe is placed. The same material may also be installed around the sides and top of the pipe before the trench is filled with indigenous soils. Such bedding material serves two principal functions: protection of the pipe from mechanical

FIGURE 2.1-1 Coating Newly Installed Pipe for Corrosion Control (Source: Photo courtesy of Corrosion Control Products Co. Reproduced with permission.)

24 Even with noncorrosive commodities, interior coatings are sometimes applied for the reduction of frictional losses they provide. Such interior coatings may also be used in conjunction with chemical additives that are sometimes added to especially viscous petroleum commodities such as crude oils with API gravities of 10 or less to reduce frictional losses.


damage during installation and trench filling, and stabilization of the pipe in the event of seismic shifts or frost heaves. Sands and gravels are typical bedding materials and are tamped in lifts of 12 to 18 inches per lift to ensure adequate compaction and avoid future subsidence. Bedding materials also assist in draining accumulated water from the vicinity of the pipe. All newly coated pipe used to transport hazardous liquids must be electrically inspected prior to backfilling to check for faults not observable by visual examination. Material faults such as microcracks demonstrate a characteristic response to applied current when the detector is operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and at the voltage level appropriate for the electrical characteristics of the coating system being tested.

2.1.5 Sizing The dimensions of a pipeline — both the sizes and capacities of the various components — as well as the conditions under which the pipeline system operates dictate the system’s capacity. Larger diameter pipes allow for higher mass flows of materials, provided other components of the pipeline system, primarily pumps and pressure management devices, are properly sized and positioned. In general, the longer the segment of mainline pipe between pump stations, the greater the drop in line pressure. However, grade changes and the viscosity of the materials being transported can also have major influences on line pressures. API Standard 5L provides dimensions, weights, and test pressures for plain-end line pipe in sizes up to 80 inches in diameter. Several weights are available in each line pipe diameter. The weight of the pipe in lb/ft, in turn, varies as the wall thickness for a given outside diameter. For instance, API Spec 5L lists 24 different weights in the 16-inch-diameter size (five weights are special weights), ranging from 31.75 lb/foot to 196.91 lb/foot. The corresponding wall thickness ranges from 0.188 inch to 1.250 inches. As the wall thickness increases for a given outside diameter, the inside diameter of the pipe decreases from 15.624 inches for the lightest weight pipe to 13.500 inches for line pipe weighing 196.91 lb/foot. Greater wall thicknesses are selected for high-pressure applications or when the pipe segment might be subjected to unusual external forces such as seismic activities and landslides.25 Also, in hard-to-reach places, such as beneath transportation routes and at river crossings or difficult-to-access environmentally sensitive areas, overbuilding in size or quality is sometimes chosen to accommodate future expansion requirements.

2.1.6 Pressure Operating pressure of a pipeline is determined by the design flow rate vapor pressure of the liquid, the distance the material has to be transferred, and the size of line that carries the liquid. Pipe operating pressure and pump capabilities and cost typically drive decisions on line
25 Landslides would not necessarily directly impact buried pipe unless the slide action itself were to expose the pipe, making it subject to forces from additional landslide materials. However, even when the pipe is not exposed, landslides may cause substantial amounts of material to end up on the ground above the buried pipe, where the extra weight could crush or deform the buried pipe.

By definition. critical physical properties of the materials being transported dictate the design and operating parameters of the pipeline. but not equivalent to specific gravities measured in the Baumé scale. pour point.7.0 at 60°F has a specific gravity of 1.0 (same as water).1. consequently. The compressibility of such materials is obviously critical to pipeline design and throughput capacity. the greater the API gravity. API gravities are close to.84.26 2. Density is usually denoted as pounds of material per cubic foot. the more conventional method of representing the density of a liquid.73. compressibility is of only minor importance in liquid product pipeline design.20 size. These and other engineering design parameters are discussed in the following sections in terms of their influence on pipeline design. the less dense the material. API gravity = (141. the number of pump stations. respectively. Grades notwithstanding. 0.00. temperature. Petroleum liquids with API gravities greater than 10 have densities less than water and will float. viscosity.7 Product Qualities As noted earlier. some turning into liquids as applied pressure is increased.5/specific gravity at 60°F) – 131. those with API gravities less than 10 will sink. a petroleum liquid with an API gravity of 10. The maximum and minimum line pressure that can be tolerated. and diesel fuel are 0. Typical specific gravities for the distilled petroleum products gasoline. Specific gravity.7. The specific gravity of a liquid is typically denoted as the density of a liquid divided by the density of water at a standard temperature (commonly 60°F). the API gravity scale is calibrated such than most petroleum liquids (crude oils as well as distillate fuels) will have API gravities between 10 and 70 API gravity degrees. Liquids at a given temperature occupy the same volume regardless of pressure as long as the pressure being applied is always above the liquid’s vapor pressure at that temperature.1 Specific Gravity/Density The density of a liquid is its weight per unit volume. and the like. . the specific gravity of water is 1. dictate the spacing of the pump stations and the motive horsepower of the pumps. 2. thus. a measurement convention independently established by the American Petroleum Institute for expressing the relative density of petroleum liquids to water. turbine fuel. compressibility.1. 2.81. application of pressure has little effect on the material’s density or the volume it occupies at a given temperature.2 Compressibility Many gases that are routinely transported by pipeline are highly compressible.5. Thus. together with the physical properties of the materials noted earlier. crude oils and most petroleum distillate products that are transported by pipeline are only slightly compressible. line pressure follows a sawtooth curve between pump stations. On the other hand. 26 The density of petroleum products is more commonly expressed as API gravity. and 0. and vapor pressure of the material are the primary considerations.1.

3 Temperature Pipeline capacity is affected by temperature both directly and indirectly. Most liquids will increase in volume as the temperature increases. as they pass through a pump — they will experience slight temperature increases. as liquids are compressed — for example.1. In general. respectively. Overcoming viscosity requires energy that must be accounted for in pump design. One centistoke (cSt) is equivalent to 1. but also due to the solidification of some chemical fractions present in the oils.1.7. Typical viscosities for gasoline. requiring greater amounts of energy to be expended for a given throughput volume. Resistance to flow increases as the centistoke value (and viscosity) increases. To overcome this. the liquid in motion at the desired flow rate. 2.5 Pour Point The pour point of a liquid is the temperature at which it ceases to pour. Thus. The pour point for oil can be determined under protocols set forth in the ASTM Standard D-97. Diluents are used to mix with viscous crude feedstocks such as bitumen recovered from tar sands and other very heavy crude fractions to allow their transport by pipeline from production areas to refineries. crude . 7.08 × 10–5 square feet per second. so does its frictional drag against the inner walls of the pipe.64. Very viscous materials such as crude oils exhibit the greatest sensitivity to the operating temperatures of their pipelines. Common diluents include materials recovered from crude oil fractionation such as raw naphtha. and 5 to 6 cSt. However.21 2. as well as overall system efficiency. the operating temperature of a pipeline will affect its throughput capacity. its viscosity increases. crude oils with high amounts of paraffin will begin to solidify as their temperature is lowered. As the material’s viscosity increases. viscosity is best understood as the material’s resistance to flow. since the viscosity determines the total amount of energy the pump must provide to put. 2. They are typically introduced at pump stations in very small concentrations and easily recovered once the commodity reaches it final destination.1. and they will become impossible to efficiently transport via a pipeline at some point. In general.7.7. provided the pressure remains constant. In general.9. It is measured in centistokes. For example. no efforts are made to separate and remove these agents. or keep. as the temperature of a liquid is lowered. Drag reduction can also be accomplished by mixing the viscous commodity with diluents. However. but also pump station spacing. drag-reducing agents are added to some materials (especially some crude oils). in the case of crude oils. often. and diesel fuels are 0. Such drag-reducing agents are large molecular weight (mostly synthetic) polymers that will not react with the commodity or interfere with its ultimate function. Lowering temperatures can also affect throughput capacity.4 Viscosity From the perspective of the pipeline design engineer. the impacts are not only from increases to viscosity. Viscosity affects not only pump selection. creating more frictional drag along the inner pipe walls. turbine.

more energy will be required to put the crude in motion again than was required to keep it flowing. saturated. conventional pipeline design and operation will no longer be effective. but there is no sudden change in fluid characteristics at the pour point as far as pumping requirements are concerned.e. the crude behaves as if it had a much higher effective viscosity. (This tactic is effective for crude oils. more pumping energy is required. Introduce water that will preferentially move to the inner walls of the pipe. long-chain hydrocarbons). consequently it may take as much as five to ten times the energy to reestablish design flows in the pipeline than it did to support stable continuous operation when the crude’s temperature was above its pour point. Introduce lightweight hydrocarbons that are miscible with the material. wax crystals form. Once temperatures of materials fall below their respective pour points. pour points are very much a function of chemical composition for complex mixtures such as crude oils and some distillate products. If gelling occurs. however. causing the crude to gel in the pipeline. such as paraffins. removing those components that will be first to precipitate as the temperature is lowered. precipitation or gelling of products contained in pipelines can cause significant operational difficulties and may also result in environmental . When flow is stopped. Modify the chemical composition before introducing the material into the pipeline.22 oils have high pour points. some options still exist for keeping the pipeline functional. but rarely materialize in pipelines where the materials are virtually in constant motion and where their passage through pumps typically imparts some amount of heat. with pour point temperatures being influenced by the precipitation (or solidification) of certain components. serving to reduce the effective coefficient of drag exhibited by the viscous petroleum product. however. For some products such as diesel fuels that still contain some waxy components (i. As with viscosity. if pumping is stopped.. Nevertheless. However. Mix water with the petroleum material to form an emulsion that will exhibit an effective lower viscosity and pour point temperature. These include: • Heating the materials and/or insulating the pipe to keep the materials above their pour point temperature until they reach their destination. but is virtually unavailable when moving distillate products that must conform to a specific chemical composition.) • • • • Waxy crude can be pumped below its pour point. such gelling problems are commonplace in storage tanks and vehicle fuel tanks where the fuel sits motionless for long period of time. “gelling” may also occur as temperatures are lowered. thereby diluting the material and lowering both its effective viscosity and pour point temperature.

Typical vapor pressures for gasoline. so-called laminar flow. the inertial force is related to the fluid’s velocity. The viscous force is a product of the inherent viscosity of the fluid as well as the frictional drag created by interaction of the fluid with the interior surface of the pipeline. is a dimensionless number that represents the ratio of the inertial force to the viscous force — that is. A low value for a Reynolds number (<2100) suggests that the fluid will be moved evenly. Blended (or “boutique”) vehicle fuels. consequently its movement will be violent and turbulent. Vapor pressures of petroleum liquids are determined using a standardized testing procedure and are represented as the Reid vapor pressure. This maximizes system efficiency and also the longevity of system components. required over some periods of the year for air pollution control purposes in some parts of the country. 2. since the pipeline must maintain pressures greater than the Reid vapor pressure of the material in order to keep the material in a liquid state. Higher Reynolds numbers indicate that forces applied to a fluid are much greater than the forces resisting its movement. or 14.6 Vapor Pressure The vapor pressure of a liquid represents the liquid’s tendency to evaporate into its gaseous phase with temperature. minimizing the amount of volatilization that is allowed to occur.7 psi absolute [psia]) at the boiling point (212°F).23 impacts if pipeline ruptures occur during attempts to restart the flow. reaching its maximum of one atmosphere pressure (760 mm Hg. respectively. the ratio of the force moving a fluid to the force that attempts to resist that movement. Pipelines carrying liquids with high vapor pressures can be designed to operate under a variety of flow regimes. the scientist who first proposed its usefulness in studying fluid dynamics.1. and diesel fuel are 15. which is a function of the force applied to it by the pumps. pipelines can also be designed as two-phase systems in which both vapor and liquid phases of the material are expected to be present. Single-phase liquid pipelines are the most common designs for petroleum liquids. The Reynolds number representing the transition zone .7. 2. The variation of flow regimes in such two-phase systems can range from bubbles of vapor distributed in liquid to droplets of liquid suspended in vapor. Reid vapor pressures are critical to liquid petroleum pipeline design. In a pipeline. turbine fuel. Virtually all liquids exhibit a vapor pressure.1. Failure to maintain a full face of liquids in a single-phase liquid pipeline can result in increased risks of fires and explosions. have unique chemical compositions and unique Reid vapor pressures (as mixtures). which typically increases with temperature. Operators of single-phase liquid pipelines attempt to control pressure and flow to maintain a “full face” of liquids in the pipeline. and 2 psia. named after Osborne Reynolds. pipelines handling such fuels must constantly monitor their vapor pressure and adjust operating conditions accordingly. However. Consequently. The vapor pressure of water increases steadily with temperature increases.7 Reynolds Number The Reynolds number.7. Single-phase flow regimes intend for the entire amount of the material in the pipeline to be in the liquid state. when a pressure well above design limits could result. 2.

Laminar flow is thus the preferred operating condition. but are typically designed to ensure that the entirety of the pipe is below the local frost line.1. 2. and. are also critical in locations where conditions require the pipe to be above ground. at some river crossings. and the physical size and crosssectional shape of the pipe through which the material is moving.1. The vapors of certain volatile hydrocarbon fuels will cause supercooling of the remaining liquids. Thermal stress on pipeline components can also come from internal forces. Design and operational accommodations including the use of drag-reducing agents are utilized to mitigate the negative effects while still preserving the necessary economic margins. At such depths.7. Burial depths vary with geographic location. petroleum pipelines are typically buried. pipeline design also accounts for thermal stresses. if allowed to escape from the pipeline system at significant rates. Thermal expansion joints. Such supercooling can result in thermal cracking of pipes and pump housings. both expansions and contractions for the pipe and other components. However. trenches are made extra-wide to allow for lateral movements of the pipe with temperature. while turbulent flow introduces vibration and generally accelerates the wear on system components and increases the potential for system failure. . which is typically assigned a value of 2320.8 Other Design Considerations 2. in some instances. Expansion joints are employed.1. although some minor variations can occur. 27 Laminar flow represents a condition of greatest overall efficiency.1 Thermal Stresses Except where local conditions prevent it. for example. The Darcy friction factor is critical in determining the necessary force capabilities of pumps as well as the spacing between pump stations to create the desired flow (and thus throughput) of a liquids pipeline.8 Darcy Friction Factor Named after the French engineer Henry Darcy. the ambient soil temperatures are relative constant with season. the material’s viscosity at operating temperature. the Darcy friction factor is a dimensionless number that represents the linear relationship between the mean velocity of a moving fluid and the pressure gradient. The Reynolds number depends on the force applied by pumps.27 2. or loops.24 between laminar and turbulent flows is called the critical Reynolds number (Rcrit). Despite predictably stable temperature environments. economic performance requirements necessitate that pipelines be operated at a rate that induces turbulent flows for most commodities. Most pipeline designers select these components to establish operating conditions near Rcrit while still delivering the desired throughput.8.

and soil structure are determined. the pipeline throughput capacity would also be impacted by such deformations. are of most practical interest. Pp. Soils and subsurface materials are also evaluated for their ability to support the weight of the pipeline support facilities at sensitive areas.1. vertical external loading is not typically a matter of serious concern to pipeline designers. buried pipes may also be exposed to superimposed concentrated or distributed live loads. Note that live loads depend on the depth of cover over the pipe and become negligible for HS-20 loads when the earth cover exceeds 8 feet. and ring buckling. and for E-80 loads when the cover exceeds 30 feet. Other important impact factors are listed in Table 2.1-2. and the deformed pipeline itself would be subject to accelerated wear and an .1. are given in psi and include an impact factor F = 1. railway cars. Other impacts of loads on pipelines can be deforming the pipe (ovalizing). corrosivity. such as those caused by truck-wheel loads. railroads. Casings can also be used to enhance the protection of the pipe. In addition to engineering considerations. Soil properties such as seepage.1.25 2. slope stability. Because ovalizing the pipe will affect the Reynolds number. However. such as river crossings. or highways (also see the discussion below on dynamic vertical loads) or in areas with high snowfall or landslide potential.8. Depending on the requirements of the design specification. soil samples are taken at many points throughout to determine mechanical and thermal stability. and electrical conductance. including when pipelines pass beneath rivers. and locomotive loads. tensile strength. 2.8.3 Vertical External Load Under most conditions. the live-load effect may be based on American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) HS-20 (AASHTO 1998) truck loads or American Railway Engineering Association (AREA) Cooper E-80 railroad loads (AREMA 2006).5 to account for bumps and irregularities in the travel surface. through-wall bending. the internal pressures imposed on the pipe by moving fluids far exceed the static pressures on the pipe from the weight of backfill and soil material above it.1-1. site characterizations regarding the presence of threatened or endangered plant species and soil organisms may also need to be conducted. there are some circumstances where vertical loading becomes critical. Industry standards published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) outline the necessary site characterization studies (ASCE 2001).2 Soil and Load Design Considerations During the design and site preparation phases. 2.8. as indicated in Table 2. The values of the liveload pressure. crushing side walls.4 Surface Live Loads In addition to supporting dead loads imposed by earth cover. Consequently. Large concentrated loads.

with impact.56 4.00 1. Simulates an 80.47 2.15 1.00 1.15 11.08 1.5 5.1-1 Live Loads Live Load Transferred to Pipe (lb/square inch) Height of Cover (ft) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 a b c d Live Load Transferred to Pipe (lb/ square inch) Height of Cover (ft) 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 35 Highway H20a 12.50 1.67 15.00 1.35 1.11 7.04 0.22 0.39 23.69 d Simulates a 20-ton truck traffic load.1-2 Impact Factors for Highways and Railroads Versus Depth of Cover Installation Surface Condition Depth of Cover (feet) 0 to 1 1 to 2 2 to 3 Over 3 Highways 1.26 TABLE 2.39 1.74 1.91 1.63 12.74 1.61 18.00 Railroads 1. TABLE 2. Dash corresponding to Railway E-80.56 Highway H20a d d d d d d d d d d Railway E80b 4.000 lb/foot railway load.17 2. and 1-foot height of cover is nonapplicable.39 1.78 1.00 Note: Data available from AREMA .64 5.69 d d Railway E80b –c 26.78 2.17 3. with impact. Negligible influence of live load on buried pipeline.40 16.

special construction techniques need to be employed. and the consequence of failure. state. for example. 2. Although such mining can occur to depths greater than 1. This results in a net upward force on the pipeline segment that could be sufficient to compromise the pipe’s integrity. If the pipe is mortar-lined or coated. of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).6 Movements at Pipe Bends When unusual internal or external forces are applied to the pipe.1. the continual flexing of the pipe may cause a breakup of the road surface. Typically. . 2. API RP 1102. During periods of saturation of the aquifer. and overbends. the pipe diameter. Natural resistances to such forces include the axial stiffness of the pipe itself. Where buried pipe is subjected to large variations in cyclical surface loads. federal. collapse of a mined cavity can affect all overlying strata.28 These typically vary from 3 to 6 feet. DOT OPS regulations in Title 49. sagbends. When such conditions are anticipated.1. or local regulations usually specify a minimum burial depth. Mechanisms to reduce the hydraulic pressure of the groundwater in the local area of the pipeline can also be successfully applied. Anchoring devices or concrete coatings over the corrosion coatings are installed to help the pipe resist the buoyant force. “Steel Pipeline Crossing Railroads and Highways.5 Buoyancy Burying pipelines beneath the natural water table creates unique problems and challenges.27 increased potential for failure. the deflection limit due to the cyclic live load should be limited to an amplitude of 1%. as in the case of pipe crossing under railroad tracks or highways. pipeline segments may become buoyant. depending on the type of crossing. If the pipe is buried with less than 2 feet of cover. Forces that can cause pipe movement can include a net outward force generated by internal pressure. 2. the type of excavation (rock or normal excavation). and the extent to which those materials were compacted during construction. causing bending and sagging of each and ultimately forming a subsidence basin at the surface. it is most likely to respond to such forces by moving at the apex of sidebends.8.000 feet. hydraulic pressures from groundwater.7 Mine Subsidence Areas where extensive longwall mining of coal or other resources has occurred represent an increased potential for surface subsidence if mine reclamation activities were inadequate or not performed. the area covered by such subsidence basins 28 See.8.8. even when filled with product. the bearing and shear resistance of backfill and overburden materials.1. or seismic activity in the vicinity of the pipe. thermal expansions or contractions of the pipe due to temperature extremes. For example.” specifies a minimum depth of cover of 6 feet under railroad tracks and 4 feet under highway surfaces. Part 195.

The magnitudes of these pressure pulses and force transients are often difficult to predict and quantify.28 is substantially larger than the collapsed mine cavity that caused it. The strengths of these forces may be sufficient to buckle pipe or tear pipe connections apart. Causes for such relocations include accommodating a new highway or rail crossing. and the type of explosive used. 2. Obviously. Pipeline stresses generated by nearby blasting can vary greatly. The vertical displacement is greatest at the center of a subsidence basin. delays between multi-shot blasts. depending on local variations in site conditions. Even though the physical displacements of the pipe are minimal. blasting effects may be considered for new designs if future land-use plans are known to include the construction of an adjacent pipeline or the development of mined areas. . performing over-the-ditch coating renovation. or avoiding encroachment. The process involves careful excavation of the pipe. While normally an issue for existing pipelines. The bending moments of the sagging overburden strata result in horizontal forces that behave as tensile forces on the outer portions of the basin and compressive forces closer to the center of the basin. Expressions for peak radial ground velocity (of the resulting pressure wave) and peak pipe stress are based on characterizing the blasting configuration as corresponding to either point or parallel-line sources. 2. Vertical displacement as well as tilting and shearing forces throughout the basin are of greatest concern for surface structures that lie within the basin’s footprint. can compromise the pipe’s integrity or introduce fatigue stress cracks. the newly positioned pipe will be subjected to new longitudinal stresses during its move and thereafter. Forces on buried linear features within the basin’s footprint are unique.1.1.8. a buried pipeline can be subjected to both forces.8. 2. the degree to which the blast is confined.10 In-Service Relocation It is commonplace to relocate short pipeline segments without taking the pipeline out of service. Depending on its exact location within the basin.8 Effects of Nearby Blasting Blasting in the vicinity of a pipeline typically occurs as a result of mining or nearby construction activities. This causes a pressure imbalance between consecutive bends.9 Fluid Transients Rapid changes in the flow rates of liquid or two-phase piping systems can cause pressure transients that generate pressure pulses and transient forces in the piping system.8. an unbalanced impulsive force called a “thrust” load is applied successively along each straight segment of a buried pipe. inspecting or repairing pipe submerged in shallow water. Such hammering actions. the new path for the pipeline must be located generally adjacent and proximate to the original path for this relocation to occur without the need of adding new pipe segments. and placing it into a prepared parallel trench. but is typically less than the original height of the collapsed cavity. raising it out of its original trench.1. if sufficiently strong and continued over long periods of time. As a result of water hammer.

Part 195. lateral spread displacement.g. earthquakes. excessive saturation of surface and subsurface soils.12 Scour at Stream Crossings and Suspended Rock Crossings Pipelines buried beneath or adjacent to rivers can be compromised over time by the erosive force of the moving water. under Title both natural (e.dec.8. of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR Part 195). In addition. landslides can also involve slow creep of materials over a relatively long period of time to a point where adverse impacts result. Typically liquefaction occurs in soils where the pore space between soil particles is saturated with free water.9 Leak Detection30 Beginning on July 6. The typical response to traversing rivers or drainage ways with high scouring potential is to bury the pipe at greater depths or to suspend the pipe above these areas. The shaking of the ground causes the water in the pore spaces to exert such force on the soil particles that they begin acting independently of one another. seismic activity.) . 30 Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. subjecting it to additional lateral forces and possibly even causing sufficient displacement to break the pipe.1. improper use of herbicides. 2. major river crossings are required to be inspected every 5 years for indications of scour and/or exposed pipe.29 2. Areas prone to flooding can also experience excessive water flow velocities during those periods that can also result in scouring action.g. and volcanism) and anthropogenic (e.state. Landslides are initiated by a variety of forces and events. In most instances. High velocities of water in rocky areas or watercourses with steep banks have the highest scouring potential.ak. 1999. Landslides that are characterized as catastrophic in their impacts typically involve mass movements that are many orders of magnitude more rapid. Available at http://www. Scouring can occur that would displace the cover materials and expose the pipe.. Technical Review of Leak Detection Technologies – Volume 1: Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines. resulting in the entire mass of soil taking on the properties of a liquid capable of rapid movement and displacement. 2006. the movement is downslope as a result of gravitational forces. surface disturbances on steep slopes brought about by construction activities without appropriate mitigation.pdf. Potential earthquake and landslide impacts to buried pipelines include transitory strains caused by differential ground displacement and permanent ground displacement from surface faulting. clear-cutting of vegetative cover.8. improper management and release of precipitation). often aided by water.1.. and settlement from compaction or liquefaction.11 Earthquakes and Landslides Landslides involve the mass movement of native surface and subsurface materials in the uppermost portions of the soil mantle at a moderate to rapid rate (generally greater than 1 feet/year).29 2. (Accessed July 5. DOT’s OPS required all controllers of hazardous liquids pipelines engaged in 29 A common consequence of earthquakes or other events involved in severe ground shaking is liquefaction of surface materials. However. soil mass displacement. nearby use of explosives.

and no one external or internal method is universally applicable or possesses all of the features and functionality required for perfect leak detection performance. Offers efficient field and control center support.. However. product characteristics.). flow. Allows for timely detection of product release. use instruments to monitor internal pipeline parameters (i. Performs accurate imbalance calculations on flow meters. Small leaks on large pipelines are very difficult to detect through these automated and measurement methods. as well as technologies like hydrocarbon sensing via fiber optic or dielectric cables. and include traditional procedures such as ROW inspection by line patrols. instrumentation and communications capabilities. Accommodates complex operating conditions. Is configurable to a complex pipeline network. Possesses high sensitivity to product release. externally based (direct) or internally based (inferential). Pipeline systems vary widely in their physical characteristics and operational functions. Externally based methods detect leaking product outside the pipeline. which are inputs for inferring a product release by manual or electronic computation (API 1995a). . Requires minimum impact from communication outages. also known as computational pipeline monitoring. Internally based methods. temperature. and economics (Muhlbauer 1996). Possesses dynamic alarm thresholds. Is available during transients. The method of leak detection selected for a pipeline depends on a variety of factors including pipeline characteristics.30 pipeline leak detection to conform their programs to the objectives contained in the API document API 1130. pressure. Is redundant. “Computational Pipeline Monitoring.e. Requires minimum software configuration and tuning. etc. the chosen system should include as many of the following desirable leak detection utilities as possible (API 1995a): • • • • • • • • • • • • Possesses accurate product-release alarming.” Methods used to detect product leaks along a pipeline can be divided into two categories.

Accommodates product measurement and inventory compensation for various corrections (i. The pressure-relief system must be designed and operated at or below the MOP except under surge conditions.. pressure. especially if the line is above ground. Follow the link to “Leak Detection Technology Evaluation. Identifies leak location. Identifies leak rate.11 Valve Spacing and Rapid Shutdown The spacings of valves and other devices capable of isolating any given segment of a pipeline are driven by two principal concerns: (1) maintaining the design operating conditions of the pipeline with respect to throughput and flexibility and (2) facilitate maintenance or repairs without undue disruption to pipeline operation and rapid shutdown of pipeline operations during upset or abnormal conditions.1. Accounts for heat transfer. Provides the pipeline system’s real-time pressure profile.31 2. Accommodates product blending. Valve spacing and placement along the mainline are often selected with the intention of limiting the maximum amount of material in jeopardy of release during upset conditions or to isolate areas of critical environmental concern to the greatest extent 31 http://www. and density).ak. temperature. • An overview and evaluation of some of the various commercially available systems for use in liquid pipeline leak detection is available from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation website. and Accounts for effects of drag-reducing agent.pdf. Accommodates all types of liquids.) 2. thermal expansion is a concern. In a blocked line.31 • • • • • • • • • Possesses dynamic line pack constant. 2006. Accommodates slack-line and multiphase flow conditions.” (Accessed December 7.1.state.10 Overpressure Protection A pipeline operator typically conducts a surge analysis to ensure that the surge pressure does not exceed 110% of the maximum operating pressure (MOP).

pump stations are. typically representing a compromise between few large-capacity pump stations and a greater number of smaller-capacity stations. The overall length of the pipeline (to its terminal destination) and the flexibility needed to add or remove materials along the course of the pipeline also dictate pump station placement. Finally. colocated with terminal or breakout tankage facilities. Pump stations also represent locations where ownership or custody of the material is transferred. Valves may also be required on either side of an exceptionally sensitive environmental area traversed by the pipeline. Typically. Because there are a multitude of ways in which the desired operating conditions can be obtained and sustained.1. pump stations include pumps (components that actually contact the fluids in the pipeline and provide kinetic energy) and prime movers (power sources that provide power. grade changes also dictate the placements of the pump stations. breakout tanks for temporary storage of materials or for use in managing line pressures and controlling product surges are also present at pump stations. Finally..12 Pumps and Pumping Stations Desired material throughput values as well as circumstantial factors along the pipeline route are considered in designing and locating pump stations. . The design of these must comply with regulations and industry best practices. typically some form of mechanical energy) to the pumps. For the sake of accountability. all but one of the pumps is capable of producing the desired operating pressures and throughputs. Thus. valves will be installed to facilitate the introduction and recovery of pigs for pipeline cleaning and monitoring.e. Valves designed to prevent the backward flow of product in the event of a pump failure (check valves) will also be installed in critical locations. To facilitate maintenance and to prevent disruptions of pipeline operation as a result of equipment failure. the outfitting and location of pump stations are also often influenced by economics. Pump maintenance. Although certain pump designs are preferred for certain applications. in some instances. but can also be designed to be manned and to include ancillary functions such as serving as pig launching or recovery facilities or serving as the base from which inspections of mainline pipe are conducted. At a minimum. all pumps require regular maintenance and are subject to failure from a variety of factors. therefore. so some pump is constantly off-line and in standby. is critical to continued safe performance of pipeline systems. 2.32 possible. most pump stations use several pumps arranged in parallel fashion. such pump stations are also equipped with flow monitoring devices. the minimum line pressure that can be tolerated) along the mainline. Pump stations typically also have colocated facilities that support pipeline operation or facilitate shutdowns or maintenance on pipeline segments. They also are required to be installed at river crossings over 100 feet wide. Desired operating pressures and grade changes dictate individual pump sizes and acceptable pressure drops (i. Pump stations are often fully automated.

12. operating pressures.1. and compatibility with SCADA systems in use and the sensors they rely on. Rotating pumps are often the pump design of choice for viscous fluids such as crude oils. since technologies for all of the prime movers have advanced. however. however. In terms of initial costs.1. overall efficiencies of electric motors are substantially better than other options. most long-distance transmission pipelines have begun using electric motors or gas turbines. The pump’s head pressure. gas turbines. while positive displacement pumps are selected for moving small volumes of material at higher line pressures. A wide variety of primer movers are in use. In recent years. while the volute converts the kinetic energy of the fluid into pressure. especially viscosity and specific gravity. 2. with electric motors and industrial turbines expected to require the fewest overhauls over time (Kennedy 1993). converts the energy it receives from the force that causes its rotation into kinetic energy in the fluid being pumped. the relative costs between prime movers are expected to be generally unchanged. with decisions resting primarily on the physical properties of the fluids being pumped. including electric motors. the performance of rotating pumps is generally unaffected by variations in either fluid viscosity or line pressure. two designs predominate in pipeline applications: reciprocating and rotating pumps. Operating costs (measured as $/brake horsepower/year) are generally uniform across all options. Virtually any prime-mover pump design combination is possible. Centrifugal pumps are preferred for moving large volumes of material at moderate pressure. The impeller. Centrifugal pumps consist of two main components: the impeller and the volute. the only rotating component of the pump. . is critical for selecting pumps that are capable of moving fluids over elevation changes. or the pressure differential it can attain. Positive displacement pumps can be of various designs.1 Pump Designs Pumps of various designs are used in crude oil and petroleum product pipelines. and diesel internal combustion engines. electric motors are far less expensive than any other option. and transport speeds for the pipeline and for logistical needs such as meeting operating parameters.12. times between major overhauls of prime movers vary. Selection of pump design is based on desired efficiency as well as the physical properties of the materials being moved.2 Driver Selection The component that actually provides power to the pump is referred to as the prime mover.32 32 Cost data are from 1981 and may not be relevant any longer. When maintenance costs are considered. Two fundamental pump designs are in common use: centrifugal pumps and positive displacement pumps. Initial costs and maintenance demands can also influence selection. Unlike a centrifugal pump where power demands rise sharply with increasing fluid viscosity. the desired throughputs.33 2. however. availability of power or fuel for the prime mover.

2. and dewatering the pipeline. There also may be loading racks and transfer operations. crack detection. Monitoring pigs. 2.15 Measurement and Flow Control 2. also sometimes called “instrument pigs” or “smart pigs. pig traps. The communications for the system . plastics. while Figure 2.1. launchers. Pigs are designed to perform a wide array of functions. Typically.” can perform a wide variety of functions. block valves are remotely monitored and controlled using advanced real-time SCADA processors designed to support complex remote applications. Their basic purpose is threefold: (1) provide a way to clean debris and scale from the inside of the pipe. even if the terminal is owned and operated by the pipeline operator. pigs must be removed before reaching the next pump.1-2 provides examples of the various types of pigs in use today. gel pigs consist of a series of gelled liquids that are introduced for a variety of purposes. collecting debris (especially after initial construction or repairs that involved opening the pipeline. (2) inspect or monitor the condition of the pipe. terminals are proximate to.14 Distribution Terminals Marketing and distribution terminals temporarily store products removed from the pipeline. but can also be an early indicator of significant problems that could compromise pipeline integrity). and product sampling represent some of the other major functions performed by smart pigs. Along the entire length of the pipeline. Another type of pig recently developed is the gel pig. Figure 2. Pipeline curvature.15. and rubber derivatives.1-3 depicts the typical configuration of a pig launching/recovery facility.1. Pigs designed to clean the pipe can use mechanical means (often called scraper pigs) or chemicals.1 SCADA A typical SCADA system collects data from. (3) or act as a plug or seal to separate products in multi-product commercial pipelines or to isolate a segment for repair without depressurizing the remainder of the pipeline. In most instances. third-party programmable logic controllers at each of the pipeline’s pumping stations. and other areas where monitoring of critical conditions takes place. Pigs that monitor the condition of the pipe are categorized as in-line inspection tools. and recovery facilities are colocated with pump stations. leak detection.13 Pigging Devices and Pig Launching/Receiving Facilities Pipeline pigs come in a wide variety of sizes and designs. Pigs are inserted into the pipeline while it is operational and are carried along by the fluid being pumped.34 2. including serving as a separator between products in a multi-product pipeline. As the name implies.1.1. temperature and pressure profiles. but not necessarily within the pipeline ROW. and supervises control of. Magnetic flux leakage and ultrasonic technologies are employed for some of these inspections. Because they are solid devices constructed of various materials including metal. corrosion detection. Geometry pigs check for deformation of the pipe (which can greatly influence throughput efficiencies. bend measurements. mainline valves.

) . Inc.D.35 FIGURE 2.1-2 Examples of the Types of Pigs in Use Today (Source: Photos courtesy of T. Reproduced with permission. Williamson.

analysis. Data from a given area of operations are often concentrated in computers at field offices. Operations are monitored and controlled using SCADA systems that provide thousands of data signals to pipeline controllers and operators. cell phone. schematics. Electrical signals from measurement devices are typically converted to engineering units in computers. Central computers located at a company’s pipeline control center. leased line. which vary over time. poll field computers. other data are provided at intervals of a few minutes. the superseded older data are normally stored for a period of time to support system audits. SCADA software running on these field computers provides operational data and control to local operations personnel. referred to as remote terminal units (RTUs). the effectiveness of the SCADA system hinges on appropriate data presentation. With so much data available at such high frequency. which are located at measurement sites. and still others on an hourly or daily basis. which are distributed throughout the pipeline system. Trends. Polling frequencies can be predetermined or on-demand. but there are elements common to all. As data are updated. Some data are provided at intervals of a few seconds.1-3 Pig Launcher/Receiver (Source: Image courtesy of the Pigging Products and Services Association. and other graphics are used to convey large amounts of data. in turn. Attention can then . backed up by public switched telephone networks. data must be accessible by operations personnel located in the field and at a central pipeline control center. identify trends (both good and bad). Alarms are used to indicate that operating conditions are approaching or have exceeded prescribed tolerances. in a concise and informative format. A variety of data presentations are used to transform basic data into information. To efficiently perform basic functions. SCADA system designs vary widely. private microwave. Often operational data is superimposed on facility and pipeline schematics. Communication links are provided by radio. permitting presentation of the data in an operational context. Operational data for liquid pipelines must be gathered from locations that are distributed widely across large geographical areas. Reproduced with permission. SCADA software runs on the central computers to provide pipeline controllers with displays of operational data and remote control capabilities. SCADA systems are configured with a variety of instrumentation. Measurement transducers are polled frequently.) is typically over the Ethernet and fiber optic lines as the backbone. or satellite. and alarming. and establish a historical operating record.36 FIGURE 2.

and other equipment status. Frequent and. Trending history and other analytical tools and graphical aids are available to assist personnel in their decision making under routine. These visual schematics include overviews of the entire pipeline system or systems and drill-down screens that take the viewer to an individual location or piece of equipment. Alarms and alerts. • • • • The SCADA system is the central feature of a remote control center. vibration. In addition to data collection and display. given the circumstances. in some cases. tanks. When operator intervention does not occur with a prescribed time frame. Due to the data being transmitted from potentially many miles away. Typical information includes: • Pipeline mimic/displays. the operator oftentimes must respond to the alarm and direct a corresponding response from the remote control center based on the information depicted on the display provided by the SCADA system. case temperature. etc. SCADA systems also often include data validation programs that seek to validate each piece of data before using it to support a calculation or represent a condition. including pumps. discharge pressure. in other cases.37 be focused on problem diagnosis and appropriate actions. Alarms and other operational indications are immediately available for operator response where complete system status is known and. Valve status. Pump. the system will automatically initiate actions that have been predetermined as being appropriate. . compressor. can be displayed. Analytical tools. decisions are made in conjunction with personnel located in the field at the affected location(s). The complete pipeline can be mimicked to provide the operator with instantaneous visual feedback on the status of any portion of the pipeline. Because the flow of product in the pipeline is typically a 24-hour-a-day. abnormal. the remote control centers are staffed continuously in order to monitor and maintain this round-the-clock operation. however. These can alert the controller to an unusual or abnormal operating situation or remind the controller about upcoming operating changes that need to be initiated. Valve information can be displayed with valve positions (open/throttle/closed) depicted. and emergency conditions. 7-day-a-week operation. valves. in many cases. etc. SCADA systems at remote control centers provide operators with complete operational information about the pipeline system in one location. system configurations allow the operator to intervene to validate the alarm or to take the necessary corrective actions. Equipment operation can be displayed with status (on/off) and other critical parameters associated with a piece of equipment such as flow. Often. continuous data validation has been shown to greatly increase the sensitivity of the system while reducing incidents of false alarms.

to avoid the licensing requirements.2 Telecommunication Towers In all SCADA systems. biological.1-3 provides a summary of the degree of vulnerability of each type of pipeline component to damage or disruption by these natural or man-made disasters. These facilities allow remote monitoring of the pipeline and communication with valves. compressors. Most new systems. 2. or nuclear attacks can cause harm to pipeline components. This requires no dedicated lines or other infrastructure. etc. either private hard-wired systems owned by the operator (usually practical only for short distances) or the public switched phone network. such as spread-spectrum technology. and personnel during operation. such as shaking from earthquakes. but also simultaneously introducing cyber security concerns. and many retrofits. and storage tanks. These operators may own the communication towers or lease space on towers from other communication system operators.15. Information in the following paragraphs was adapted from guidance published by the American Lifelines Alliance (ALA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (ALA and FEMA 2005). Many pipelines own their own microwave infrastructure.16 Risk of Natural Hazards and Human Threats Natural and man-made hazards. The early systems utilized wired communications. and even human chemical. 2. The paragraphs below identify some of the possible unique consequences of colocation of such systems within an energy ROW. Table 2. There are also systems using frequencies in the very high frequency (VHF) and ultrahigh frequency (UHF) ranges. encompassing both wire and fiber optics technology. such as the Cellular Digital Packet Data. the master terminal unit (MTU) and RTUs communicate through a defined network of some type. . pipelines segments. Some SCADA systems operate directly through the Internet. such as pump stations. thus eliminating certain maintenance concerns for the operator.1.38 2. flooding. Satellite communications are also used for long-distance and rugged-terrain communications. Many newer systems make use of low-power radio transmissions. such as an antenna tower. including dedicated towers and radio frequencies licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. SCADA systems can also operate on cell phone technology.1.2 COLOCATION ISSUES IN CORRIDORS Colocation of energy transmission systems within designated energy ROWs may result in some interference between the systems or other hazards that would not exist except for the physical proximity of the two transmission systems. Today there are still many systems using public phone systems. are using some form of wireless communications.

2 Coincident Construction Coincident construction of two separate energy transmission systems within a designated corridor raises some potential problems if the construction activities are not well coordinated and well scheduled. Coupling can be thought of as the “distance” between the source of the magnetic induction (power line) and the objects being affected (pipelines). Thus. Other issues that add to the overall impact are identified and discussed below. overhead electricity transmission lines could be damaged if adequate distance is not maintained. workers on one construction project may be exposed to hazards of the other. and (c) susceptibility. 2.1 Fire Hazards The proximity of pipelines carrying volatile materials raises the potential of a fire in one transmission system causing heating. the metallic pipeline) to induced and ground-return currents. such as at pump and compressor stations and road/river crossings. Susceptibility relates to the vulnerability of the induction element (i. . laydown areas. 2.. impacts could be lessened. (b) coupling.3 Electrical Interference The question of the impact of the colocation of metallic pipelines and high-voltage transmission lines can be framed by three broad concepts: (a) influence. to ensure adequate separation of lines and facilities or additional insulation and fire protection. care should be taken at locations where the pipelines exit the ground.2. Colocation may mean that the pipelines are located on an electric utility ROW directly underneath the power lines.39 2. since the separation between the power line and the pipeline is very small. and/or rupture in another one.e. since opportunities are created for multiple uses of access roads. This is the worse case for the coupling of magnetic induction currents.2. On the other hand. Because of the proximity of two major construction activities. and other support systems that may be common to both construction processes. Influence can be thought of as the sum total of the magnetic induction and ground-return currents. However. The normal distance between buried pipelines will probably prevent significant transfer of heat underground. In the event of a fire in a petroleum pipeline. Logistics become quite complicated with both construction activities vying for the same transportation services and the same equipment laydown areas and using the same access roads to approach their respective construction sites with manpower and heavy equipment. with construction activities closely coordinated.2. usually buried in earth. the full effect of the magnetic induction from the power line into the pipeline takes place. stress.

landslide and settlement) Ground movements (landslide. storm surge.TABLE 2. liquefaction.1-3 Degree of Component Vulnerability to Damage or Disruption from Natural Hazards and Human Threats Degree of Vulnerability Maintenance and Operations Buildings and Equipment Hazards Natural Hazards Earthquake shaking Earthquake permanent ground deformation (fault rupture. tornado) Icing Collateral hazard: blast or fire Collateral hazard: dam inundation Collateral hazard: nearby collapse Human Threats Physical attack (biological. Comments such as (Buried) or (Aerial) apply to location of the component listed as the column heading. . frost heave. settlement) Flooding (riverine. and – (dash) for not applicable. M-Moderate. radiological and blast) Cyber attack Transmission Pipelines Pump Stations Compressor Stations Processing Facilities Storage Tanks Control Systems Pressure Regulating/ Metering Stations Distribution Pipelines Service Lines or Connectors L H M − M − M − H L M − H − L L L H (Buried) M M H L L (Aerial) L M L − − H − − H H L − H − − H H L − H − − H H L L M − − H M − − H L − M H L − H L − L H L L H − − L H L H (Buried) L − L L L M M M 40 − − M M L M − M M M − − M M − − M − − L L L H L L Note: Degrees of Vulnerability: H-High. L-Low. chemical. tsunami and seiche) Wind (hurricane.

2005). rather than directly above. Borts et al. conductive coupling. Interference also increases with increasing soil resistivity and with the increasing magnitude and frequency of the electric power being transmitted. placing in jeopardy both the pipeline and the pipeline workers in the vicinity. materials. Ironically. In many cases. The system design.. only inductive voltages are imparted to the pipeline as a result of the magnetic field around the electric current conductors. and capacitive coupling (Li and Dawalibi 2006). conductance.41 Alternating current (AC) induction will be reduced for power lines that parallel pipelines but are located to the right or left of the pipelines. the electrical transmission line’s grounding system. the continuity of the corrosion control coating or other wrapping on the pipe. 2001. The pipeline industry has devoted considerable attention to the potential problem of interferences presented by nearby electricity transmission systems. especially under ideal conditions. Computer models have been developed to approximate the contributions of each type of interference on pipelines existing within various ROW scenarios and to predict the effectiveness of mitigative techniques (Dawalibi et al. the strength and nature (e. the magnitude of the induced currents and voltages will be reduced by a factor that is inversely proportional to the distance from the centerline. Bare pipe that is in continuous contact with the ground is effectively at the same electrical potential as the neutral ground wires of the overhead lines. Interferences increase with decreasing physical separation and the angle between the power conductors and the pipeline. Each of the three broad concepts of influence. including primarily the electrically continuous length of pipeline that is parallel to the overhead line. For example. number of phases) of the electric power. so there is little if any potential for current to flow between the two systems. and how well the pipe is otherwise (electrically) insulated from the ground. During faults. The severity of the effect that overhead power lines can have on buried pipelines depends on a number of factors. Faulted conditions can impart conductive interference to the pipeline. Research sponsored by the Ductile Iron Pipeline Research Association has further established the factors that can influence the three coupling mechanisms of capacitance. soil resistivity. 2006). Christoforidis et al. and susceptibility is highly variable for every situation. both inductive and conductive interferences are present. improvements in pipeline coatings applied for the purpose of corrosion control can be counterproductive with respect to . and construction methods can themselves go a long way toward minimizing overall susceptibility of pipeline systems to magnetic induction and damage due to electrolysis and lightning.g. the induced currents and voltages would be minimal beyond 300 to 500 feet. and induction (Bonds 1999). coupling. radically smaller values of current and voltage will be induced. and the separation distance between the ground fault and the pipeline. The magnitude of this conductive interference is influenced by such factors as soil resistivity. 2006. During normal operating conditions of the electricity transmission system. and each power-line and pipeline scenario must be considered separately. As the separation between the power line and the pipeline increases. with the greatest interference levels being observed when the pipeline is parallel to and directly below the conductors. The effects of abnormal conditions in the electrical system such as faults have also been investigated (Christoforidis et al. The mechanisms of electromagnetic interferences between power systems and nearby buried pipelines have been generally placed in one of three categories: inductive coupling.

there will be continued deterioration and ultimately system failure. are warranted after lightning strikes have occurred. especially after certain events have occurred. installation mechanisms that involve tightly wrapping the pipe and/or applying a continuous corrosion control coating can make the pipe more susceptible to interferences from induced currents of nearby power lines. and/or preemptive actions by the pipeline operator. There can be many different scenarios depending on the resistance of the pipeline and the resistance of the surrounding soil. as well as nearby pipeline since those techniques can prevent the pipeline from remaining at the same electrical potential as the ground (and as the neutral wire of the electricity transmission system).33 Experience has shown that colocation of electricity transmission lines and buried metallic pipelines creates additional monitoring. Instantaneous lightning currents can be very high. the precise alignment of the electric field with respect to pipeline orientation is critical to the severity of the potential interference. 1994). http://www.42 interferences from electricity transmission systems. If the damage is not repaired. 2006. An explosive effect may be associated with a direct lightning strike. ductile pipe manufacturers recommend a loose wrapping of polyethylene that still provides sufficient path to ground to keep the pipe and the neutral ground wires of adjacent power lines at the same potential. for example. which can cause significant damage not only to the electric system. To overcome this problem. As a result. The following conditions and potential problems are unique to colocated pipelines: • Phase fault currents. As noted above. Lightning strike currents. testing. resulting in damage.prci.) . PC-based software is available that allows for calculation of both steady-state and fault-induced voltages on pipelines paralleling high-voltage overhead AC power lines. these currents can stress the electrical system such that breakdown and flashover occur at weak points. • 33 See. in excess of hundreds of thousands of amperes. As noted earlier.htm. Construction techniques can also greatly influence the extent of interference between power lines and buried pipelines. Fault currents dumped to ground will naturally follow a path of least resistance involving the soil and the metallic pipeline. but to simultaneously provide cathodic protection for the pipeline (Southey et al. Pipeline segments are typically 20 feet long and connected to adjacent segments by rubber gaskets. effectively isolating each pipe segment and making the entire pipeline electrically discontinuous. (Accessed December 12. Thorough inspections of affected areas of the electricity transmission system. effectively isolating the iron pipe from the ground and allowing considerable amounts of induced voltage to build up in the pipe. Some mitigative techniques have been shown to not only reduce induced AC voltages effectively and economically. but also to nearby buried pipelines.

When lightning strikes a transmission structure. testing. Impacts on pipeline cathodic protection systems. AC-induced corrosion may result in significant metal loss and a significant threat to the integrity of the pipeline. testing. When two independent CPSs exist. Compromised insulating coatings and pipeline joints. studies are warranted to ensure the safety of personnel and other pipeline assets and that a CPS is not adversely affected. as a consequence of the application of an excessive voltage stress across the pipeline coating. This can happen at underground sections of pipeline. it is important to measure and document the severity of the ohmic interference that has resulted and to verify that adverse impacts to nearby pipelines have not occurred. each with its own CPS. testing. Likewise. and documentation of electrostatic or capacitive interference. and documentation of electromagnetic or inductive interference. Electrical shorts between carriers. nearby electromagnetic fields from electricity transmission lines can disrupt proper CPS operation. Many times. Some pipelines are protected by an impressed-current cathodic protection system (CPS). insulating joints used to electrically isolate aboveground pipeline segments from those belowground. Phase imbalances in nearby electricity transmission lines can result in inductive interferences in metallic pipelines that are close to and • • • • • • • . Review. this is a critical consideration in designing and implementing an appropriate CPS for the pipeline. There may be damage to the pipeline insulating coating as a result of induced voltage. Interferences from nearby electricity transmission lines can be compounded where multiple pipelines exist. and documentation of resistive or ohmic interference. can also be compromised by induced voltage. Review. A CPS is intended to minimize the loss of metal in the pipeline due to electrolysis. special field techniques are required to monitor for such shorts. requiring special techniques to reveal the electrical potential differences between the pipe and the soil with which it is in contact. Metal pipelines in proximity to electricity transmission lines may become electrically polarized. there can be electrical shorts between the CPSs of adjacent pipelines. Increased monitoring of CPS function is warranted for pipeline segments in close proximity to electricity transmission systems. Because the currents applied in a CPS are typically quite low (in the milliamp range). or when there is a phase-ground fault. When electromagnetic interference is possible. Polarized pipe. or to electrically isolate separate CPSs serving adjacent pipeline segments. Review.43 • AC-induced corrosion.

. and documentation of contact voltages. when necessary. to ensure worker safety. • Review. Contact voltages may cause AC current to flow to ground through a person touching the line. Special investigations of adverse impacts to pipelines are warranted in the aftermath of such phase imbalance events.44 parallel with the transmission lines. measurements to identify the existence of such conditions must be routinely made and mitigative actions taken. testing. Therefore.

Ditching. A very large pipeline project may even be divided into two or more segments. 4. it is more likely that virtually all of the major phases of construction will be contracted out to companies possessing the necessary expertise and capacities to complete the task. Welding the pipe joints together. welding. . While that guarantees the critical requirements of pipeline construction will be met. These complete sets of equipment — for ditching. 6. Each of these contractors may field several spreads to build a segment. Lowering the pipeline into the ditch. Clearing the ROW as needed. coating. Various construction activities may also occur simultaneously on a number of segments. The actual installation of the pipeline includes these major steps: 1. A single pipeline may be built using several spreads. Construction can take place within a relatively narrow ROW because pipeline construction equipment is distributed along the pipeline route in a type of “moving assembly line” in which only one major item of construction equipment is normally needed at any one point along the line. but there may be several sets of construction equipment operational along the pipeline route at any given time. 8. Testing the line for leaks. but also increasing the amount of people and secondary resources required to support them. lowering in. 7. 2. it also introduces the need to control logistics to ensure that all contractor activities are coordinated and not mutually exclusive of one another. Stringing pipe joints along the ROW. and different construction contractors may be used to install each segment. 3. The distance along the pipeline over which this equipment is deployed is relatively short. reducing the overall construction period. which is sometimes coated before being delivered to the job site). and backfilling — are called spreads. typically less than a mile. Backfilling the ditch. requiring a wide variety of engineering and construction skills.45 3 PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION Designing and constructing a pipeline is a major undertaking. Applying a coating and wrapping the exterior of the pipe (except for the portions of the pipe at each end. While is conceivable that a large pipeline operator would have the internal resources (both trained and experienced manpower and equipment) to undertake all phases of pipeline construction. 5.

pump sizing. However.g. archeological or cultural resources) and possible interferences to construction and/or operation (e.34 Working around the clock may become more important for areas at higher elevations. construction may best be conducted in winter months when the ground is frozen. each satisfying a specific purpose or need.1 Survey and Mapping Numerous surveying and mapping operations are essential not only for pipeline construction. . Construction during winter months may also be less disruptive to adjacent agricultural activities. and pump station spacing along the route. 34 However. pipelines crossing agricultural lands may need to be installed in the winter months to not disrupt agricultural activities. others are also routinely conducted as a matter of prudent industry practice. under certain conditions (e. Images representative of each topic are also provided to augment the discussion.1 SCHEDULING Summer to fall months offer the best times for construction in mountains. subfreezing conditions may preempt the application and proper curing of certain corrosion control coatings that. allowing better and safer access to the ROW than might exist when the ground is not frozen. sensitive environmental areas. by necessity. many more images and engineering schematics are available than are provided While many types of surveys are dictated by regulation.g. but to support various engineering decisions.46 9.html and http://elibrary. which provide additional imagery relating to pipeline siting and construction: http://www.asp?fileID=10595201. nearby utilities.2. must be field-applied. including calculations of desired flow capacity of the completed system. 3. The reader is invited to consult the following Internet websites.. For pipelines installed in lowland areas or areas that are perpetually wet. perpetually wet areas). 10. The types of surveys typically associated with long-distance. 3. Brief discussions of each of these major steps are provided in the following paragraphs. buried or otherwise).. major construction may need to occur in the winter months when frozen ground allows access by heavy construction equipment with minimal damage.2 PRECONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES 3. Various types of surveys are possible. Likewise. foundation designs. land-based pipeline installation and operation are itemized below (Ricketts 2003). Cleanup and drying the pipeline after testing to prepare it for operation. However.g.. due to lower water tables and expected better weather.uspipeline. Surveying will also identify unique circumstantial factors that must be accommodated during construction (e. Reclaiming impacted environmental

and cadastral surveys are usually closed surveys that establish property lines and corners.). • • • • • • • • • .. given field conditions.47 • Geodetic surveying takes into account curvature of the Earth. Inertial surveying systems are installed on helicopters or ground vehicles to acquire coordinate data that are then used to control precision of geodetic and cadastral surveys. Doppler and global positioning data are used as standard practice in remote regions and on subdivided lands where other ground-based reference points may not exit. Information on elevation (more precisely. Route surveys typically connect control or reference points by the most direct routes possible. severe grade changes. Global positioning system (GPS) data are collected simultaneously by as many as 24 or a minimum of six high-altitude navigational satellites positioned in three orbital planes to precisely locate a point on the surface of the Earth. Topographic surveys provide the location of natural and artificial features and the elevations used in mapmaking. which are then amended based on field conditions. etc. Cadastral surveys are typically conducted only for public lands. long lines. As-built surveys are conducted after construction has been completed as a way to verify that design specifications were met or to capture the changes to original design specifications that were required to be made to adjust to field conditions. Hydrographic surveys are required for all water crossings of pipelines to determine the shoreline and depths of the water bodies being crossed. Nevertheless. Satellite surveying provides positioning data and imagery captured by satellites. Applicable for large areas. elevation changes) is critical to the design and location of pump stations. environmentally sensitive areas. and used to precisely locate basic reference points used for controlling other surveys. Route surveys may need to be amended in those instances when the most direct route encounters obstacles or features to be avoided (e. Land. boundary. Construction surveys are conducted during the construction phase to ensure design specifications are met. route surveys are conducted to establish the most direct paths between control points.g.

backfilling. marine. and the relative density. storage trailers. 3. alluvial. Index parameters for soils include the liquid limit. the shrinkage limit. and cleanup. on a large project.3. Physical properties of relevance include water content. These areas could be 15 to 30 acres in size. glacial. another 10. and fuel tanks. 3. In addition. or predominantly organic. Measuring and understanding these and other physical parameters of soil will allow design engineers to anticipate how the soil will behave under certain conditions. permafrost that may occasionally melt and refreeze). clearing and grading. For example.2. or other sensors that can be used to support any of the surveys described above. degree of alteration (weathering). the plastic limit. unique challenges. centralized pipeline staging areas may be located in nearby cities with rail offloading capability where pipe can be collected and prepositioned. 3.. especially how it will react to external stresses. active earthquake areas. the pipeline construction contractor would use special construction . degree of saturation. In addition to standard pipeline construction methods. and residual. along with special construction of support members to prevent heat transfer to the soil. Rock quality indices include fracture frequency and rock-quality designation. finegrained. and void ratio (volume of pore space to the total volume of soil). thus destabilizing pipeline installation. Other considerations are floodplains. The Unified Soil Classification System classifies all soils as coarse. unique terrestrial data.3 Soil and Geology Studies Soil deposits can be divided into six geologic groups: aeolian. pipe stringing.e. Of particular concern is the potential for latent heat of the commodity being transported to be transmitted to the permafrost. colluvial.1 below. In areas of variable permafrost (i. deformability (changes of shape in response to external forces). Arctic conditions present additional.2 Staging Areas In addition to laydown areas along the 30-acre area may be required for use as a construction support yard that will serve as an assembly point for construction crews to meet prior to proceeding onto the ROW and for offices.3 CONSTRUCTION Standard pipeline construction is composed of specific activities including survey and staking of the ROW. and lowering-in. hydrostatic testing. shear strength (the amount of force required to separate soil particles).2. and hurricane and tornado risks. the presence of permafrost (free water in the pore spaces of uppermost layers of soil remaining frozen throughout the year) markedly changes the character and behavior of soils and must be accommodated by specialized construction and operation techniques. bending. and continuity of the core from core samples. Rock is commonly characterized by its type. pipelines are often installed above ground. welding. trenching. See the additional discussion in Section 3. porosity (the volume of space between soil particles).48 • Photogrammetric data acquisition derives from aerial photographs.

The entire FEIS is available electronically at http://www. Additional areas may be required to segregate topsoils. the natural native soil horizon will be reestablished after pipeline installation is complete. highways. The other side of the pipeline FIGURE 3. Rugged terrain. (Accessed January 4. as depicted in Figure 3. and the disturbed area will be revegetated using indigenous plant species or species approved by the landowner. which is done in some situations. The typical ROW.asp. Pipeline ROWs can vary in their cross-sectional details as they accommodate unique circumstantial factors or features. wetlands. paved roads. A comprehensive treatment of the various design variations that are required to address every conceivable circumstance is beyond the scope of this document. .gov/idmws/common/OpenNat. However trees and woody plants whose roots could compromise pipe integrity would not be replanted in the vicinity of the pipe.3-1.ferc. and railroads all dictate special construction techniques. 2007. However.35 Selected images from that website which exemplify the most typical situations encountered are reproduced below.49 techniques where warranted by site-specific conditions.36 Overburden soils are stockpiled to one side as the pipeline trench is dug.) 36 In virtually all instances. This typically requires an area ranging from 15 to 35 feet aligned parallel to the interested readers can consult the following Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) website for a more exhaustive display of ROW cross sections: http://elibrary.3-1 Typical ROW with Topsoil Segregation (Source: Modified from FERC Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project image) 35 This website provides access to Appendix D of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project issued by FERC in 2005. includes area for topsoil segregation. waterbodies.

Section 2. This typically requires 25 to 30 feet. if multiple pipelines are running in parallel and transmission systems of other types are present.1.3-2 shows a typical ROW with an adjacent pipeline in place. FIGURE 3.3-3 below shows typical permanent ROW maintenance in forested areas.8. Trees and other woody plants also need to be eliminated from the ROW to prevent their roots from challenging the integrity of the pipeline by intrusion. Figure 3. additional laydown areas. since construction can take place to either side. such as power lines.50 trench is used for equipment access and work. but can include additional workspace or staging areas. However.3-2 Typical ROW with Adjacent Pipeline (Source: Modified from FERC Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project image) . In this example. This construction area is wider at stream and river crossings to accommodate the additional construction requirements. typically 250 feet × 450 feet (variable with individual project requirements and terrain) are adjacent to the ROW at intervals corresponding to the spreads being worked. Figure 3. issues of construction and maintenance repairs require further consideration. the full 25-foot ROW boundary on each side of each pipeline is maintained and should be sufficient for two pipelines.2 provides further information on load and penetration risks. In addition to the ROW shown in the above figures. The ROW must be maintained free of trees and brush that could pose a fire hazard or obstruct visual identification of leaks.

but the amount of space would be highly dependent on the size and terrain of the project. pipe segments are loaded onto flatbed trucks and taken to a material laydown yard that is temporarily maintained in an area close to the construction site (see Figure 3. Numerous laydown yards may be constructed to support individual pipe construction spreads. In addition to the laydown areas adjacent to the ROW.3. however. A truck typically carries a maximum of 20 pipe segments at a time.3-5). consolidation of crews and materials going to different spreads using the same public access roads is more likely. weight. boulders. laydown yards are also sometimes used for “double joining” two pipe segments before their delivery to the ROW.2 Clearing and Grading The survey crew will carefully survey and stake the construction ROW to ensure that only the preapproved construction workspace is cleared.1 Movement and Staging of Pipeline Components and Construction Equipment Pipe segments are normally delivered from their point of manufacture by rail to a rail off-loading yard conveniently located to the construction ROW (see Figure 3. In areas with less road infrastructure. this varies by pipeline diameter. Laydown and staging areas could be in use from 3 to 12 weeks.3-4).3-3 Typical ROW Maintenance in Forested Areas (Source: Modified from FERC Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project image) 3.51 FIGURE 3. and pipe stacking method. The clearing and grading crew leads the construction spread. Although their primary purpose is temporary storage of pipeline materials. From there. 3. and debris from the . off-site staging areas used to collect equipment and workers could occupy several acres. wall thickness. This crew is responsible for removing trees.3. Trucks will make round-trips all day between rail off-loading areas and material laydown areas until all of the materials assigned to the laydown areas have been delivered. thereby potentially magnifying the impact.

Inc.S.52 FIGURE 3. Reproduced with permission. Pipeline.3-4 Pipe Segments Arriving at Rail Off-loading Area (Source: Photo courtesy of U.) . Reproduced with permission.) FIGURE 3.3-5 Pipe Segments in a Material Laydown Area (Source: Photo courtesy of U. Inc.S. Pipeline.

some will remain in place throughout the operating life of the pipeline for access to the ROW by maintenance and inspection personnel. having an overall length of up to 40 feet). In most instances. pipe segments must be staged on the ROW with helicopters (see Figure 3. and the original soils are disposed of elsewhere. however. Construction access roads are removed and reclaimed after the construction phase. The clearing and grading crew is also responsible for clearing and grading ROW access roads. . pipe is brought to the job site in sections consisting of two single joints of pipe (typically. As with the ROW.53 construction ROW and preparing a level working surface for the heavy construction equipment that follows. 3. In those instances. thereby promoting accelerated corrosion. Sometimes only one pass down the ROW with a bulldozer is required. clearing operations can be much more extensive. An exception to this general procedure occurs when the subsoils contain rocks of varying sizes that could damage the pipe if they were used as backfill or when the subsoils are composed of heavy clays that would retain water in the vicinity of the pipe. access roads from public roadways may also need to incorporate measures such as silt fences and stone or paved transitions.3-7 shows pipe segments being deployed along the ROW in preparation for welding and installation into the trench (not yet constructed in this photograph). The purpose is to make it possible to move construction equipment along the ROW as needed.3 Stringing Pipe Joints along the ROW Normally. the subsoil can be used to backfill the trench once appropriate bedding materials have been placed at the bottom of the trench and the pipe has been installed. topsoils and subsoils are separately stockpiled adjacent to the trench. In some rugged locations. This guarantees that each joint needs only to be moved over to the ditch when it is ready to be welded into the pipeline. as shown in Figure 3. 37 Open burning of landscape waste will usually require a special permit issued by the local environmental regulatory authority. Not only does this save cost and time.3. however. The clearing and grading crew is also responsible for installation of silt fences along the edges of streams and wetlands as necessary to prevent erosion of disturbed soil. typically under the auspices of a soil disposal permit or approved soil management plan. This “double-jointing” saves welding time on the job site. this may require bringing in additional materials such as stone and sand to create a temporary work road adjacent to the pipeline. which often must be done under less desirable conditions than exist in a fabrication yard.3-8). and timber is stacked along the side of the ROW for later removal. appropriate backfill materials are brought to the site from the nearest practical source.3-6. Where the route passes through rough or forested terrain. Trees inside the ROW are cut down. it also lessens the potential for damage to the pipe before installation. In those circumstances where longer lengths of pipe can be easily moved into place. roots are excavated.37 The amount of clearing required varies widely. pipe segments are delivered to staging areas closest to the point along the mainline where they will be installed and then subsequently deployed along the ROW. Brush is commonly shredded or burned. In virtually all circumstances. Figure 3. Depending on existing soil conditions.

Inc.3-7 Stringing Pipe along the ROW (Source: Photo courtesy of U.54 FIGURE 3. Pipeline.) . Reproduced with permission.S.3-6 Sample Road Entrance to a Pipeline ROW (Source: Modified from FERC Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project image) FIGURE 3.

Ditching in relatively soft soil is done by a machine with a large wheel on which cutting teeth are mounted. in which the pipeline will be installed is usually made to one side of the center of the ROW rather than in the center. a backhoe or clamshell bucket. Reproduced with permission. to provide adequate room for construction equipment and operations alongside the pipe as well as room for future installations. Inc.55 FIGURE 3. Pipeline. and excavated material is continuously deposited alongside the ditch. or trench.) 3. The minimum cover varies according to requirements of . a largerdiameter pipe requires a deeper ditch. it may be necessary to use other equipment for trenching — for example. For the same minimum cover requirements.3. In loose rock or hard soil. Blasting or special rock-cutting equipment may be required when the ditch must pass through solid rock. The depth of the ditch is based on minimum cover specifications or the distance from the top of the buried pipe to the ground surface.3-8 Delivering Pipe Segments to the Construction Site in Rugged Terrain May Require Special Equipment (Source: Photo courtesy of U. The wheel rotates continuously as the machine moves along the pipeline route.4 Ditching (Excavation and Filling) The ditch.S.

3-9 shows a typical ditching operation. rivers. Pipeline. this width ranges from 14 to 28 inches for intermediate pipeline diameters. and highway borrow ditches. Reproduced with permission. Organic material and wood are not permitted for bedding and backfill since they will deteriorate over time. standard industry practice guidance. A minimum of 3 feet of cover is typical. The remaining backfill must not contain rock larger than 6 inches. FIGURE 3. Inc. Figure 3.) . and features along the pipeline route. Minimum cover for river crossings (the distance between the top of the river bed and the top of the pipeline) is set at 4 feet. allowing for subsidence and subsequent shifting and possible pipe damage. Most river crossings are directionally bored. Typically.5 Pipe Bedding Material Bedding material must be clean sand or soil and must not contain stones having a maximum dimension larger than 0.56 regulatory agencies. unpopulated areas and more when the pipe passes under roads. however. 3. additional cover may be necessary where scouring of river bed materials by moving water is possible. but it may be less in open. the type of area through which the pipeline passes.S. Material must be placed to a minimum depth of 6 inches under the pipe and 6 inches over the top of the pipe.3.5 inch. The width of the pipeline ditch varies according to the size of the pipeline.3-9 Pipeline Ditching (Source: Photo courtesy of U.

Figure 3. Line-up clamps are used for this purpose at each joint before welding begins. The machines may also be mounted on tracked vehicles. it hardens to form the weld.57 3. and electron beam. 1999). a typical procedure is to have one welder make the initial passes at each joint. welding can begin. can occur either before or after the pipe is placed in its trench. A number of welders — each with a welding machine — work on each pipeline spread. With the ditch made and the pipe delivered. laser. Other welders follow behind the lead welder. a section of pipeline steadily increasing in length is in place above or alongside the ditch.6. flame. and is specified in the construction plans.6 Welding Welding procedures and metallurgy should comply with the service of the system. . building up the weld metal at the joint by making additional weld passes until the appropriate number of passes have been deposited. Since a number of weld passes (a “bead” of weld material around the circumference of the pipe) must be made at each joint. electric resistance. The pipe joints are placed over the ditch for welding. depending on individual circumstances. Most processes used in field pipeline welding employ a filler metal.3. When the weld metal cools. The heat for this process is provided by an electric arc that melts a consumable electrode. After all passes have been made. 3. Pipeline welding is done with electric welding equipment. Welding machines are typically mounted on small trucks or pickups. and depend on an electric arc as the heat source. which.1 Welding Processes The sources of heat for welding include electric arc. with some of the metal being welded.3. Engineering standards published by the American Petroleum Institute dictate what welding techniques should be used (API 1991. The initial weld pass is one of the most critical aspects of pipeline construction and is carefully controlled and monitored. As welding proceeds. both manual and automatic. pipe segments are lowered into their trench before being welded together. It is important that the two ends of pipe to be welded are properly aligned so the weld will be uniform around the circumference of the pipe. Under some circumstances.3-10 shows typical welding operations. Types of welding include: • Shielded metal arc welding. do not involve the application of pressure. The number of weld passes required depends on the wall thickness of the pipe and its physical characteristics. the alignment clamps can be moved to the next welding station.

In this process. . The high currents used in this technique allow the weld to penetrate deeper below the surface of the pipe wall than is possible with other welding processes. Pipeline.3-10 Welding Pipe (Source: Photos courtesy of U. The arc melts some of the flux and is submerged in the liquid slag that is produced by this melting.) • Submerged arc welding. Inc.58 FIGURE 3.S. Reproduced with permission. heat is supplied by an electric arc. and a consumable electrode is used. The electrode in this method is wire that is fed continuously to the weld joint. A granular flux composed of silicates and other elements is deposited on the weld joint.

continuous electrode. An inert gas shield is required when welding with tungsten electrodes using the gas-tungsten arc welding process. it . all welds must be examined using radiography. Gas-tungsten arc welding. The flaws may be cracks or inclusions in welds and castings or variations in structural properties that can lead to loss of strength or failure in service. Each welding procedure must be recorded in detail during the qualifying tests and the record retained for the life of the pipeline. The insert-gas shielded metal arc process uses a consumable. It is desirable to make this inspection and find any defective welds before the pipe is buried because defective welds must be removed and new welds made. Nondestructive testing is the branch of engineering concerned with all methods of detecting and evaluating flaws in materials. film wrapped around the circumference of the pipe over the weld is exposed to radiation. Nondestructive testing is used for in-service inspection and for condition monitoring of the operating plant. however. After the welds on the pipeline are made. When the film is developed. examination of completed welds.3. Pipeline welding must follow written welding procedures outlined in 49 CFR Part 195.2 Welding Inspection A key part of pipeline welding is inspection. and other defects are visible. 10% of the welds must be X-rayed. however. For most projects. Nondestructive Testing (NDT). they must be thoroughly examined to insure the safety of the pipeline. highways. It is also used for measurement of components and spacings and for the measurement of physical properties such as hardness and internal stress. Certain steels require separate qualification of welding procedures. For instance. Flaws can affect the serviceability of the material or structure. so NDT is important in guaranteeing safe operation as well as in quality control and assessing plant life. These procedures are qualified under the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and API standards. slag inclusions. welders must be qualified by testing on the size and type of pipe to be used on the job. or rivers. bubbles. The most common inspection method relies on radiographic. where the pipeline passes under railroads. The essential feature of NDT is that the test process produces no deleterious effects on the material or structure under test. Subpart D. Construction plans specify what type of inspection will be required and what portion of welds must be examined by each method.59 • Gas-metal arc welding. it might be specified that where the pipeline traverses open areas. The arc is covered by an inert gas.6. In the X-ray inspection process. such as argon or helium. This process also uses the heat from an electric arc. or X-ray. Electron beam welding. Used primarily for offshore pipelines. Welding Inspection Requirements. • • 3. cracks. The subject of NDT has no clearly defined boundaries.

through the wellestablished methods of radiography. and magnetic particle crack detection. a slight change in direction or a significant change in elevation may require a bend in the pipeline.g. 3.8 Pipe Coating If not precoated at the coating mill. others include thin-film powdered epoxy and extruded polyethylene.. Coal tar enamel is the most common pipeline coating.3-11). the pipe exterior is coated and wrapped after welding is complete. to new and very specialized methods such as the measurement of Barkhausen noise 38 and positron annihilation. but it may also be necessary to make some bends in a shop on a special machine. such as visual examination of surfaces. heavy-wall pipe is being used.3-11 Pipe Bending Machine 38 Named after the German physicist. ultrasonic testing.60 ranges from simple techniques. Very small changes in direction may sometimes be made by letting the pipe lie to one side of the ditch. slight changes in elevation may be accommodated by flexing the pipe without the bending machine. But changes in direction or elevation without bending must be small. especially when large-diameter.g. Barkhausen noise is the audible signal delivered by ferromagnetic materials as they realign their magnetic domains in response to externally applied alternating magnetic fields.7 Pipe Bending As welding proceeds along the pipeline. in a weld) that could indicate an increased potential for future structural failures. . Depending on the diameter and the wall thickness of the pipe. Asphalt enamel and asphalt mastic are also used as pipe FIGURE 3.. Coating and wrapping are done using special machines that move along the pipeline ROW. Even large-diameter pipe can be accommodated in today’s modern bending machines. 3. Many such bends are made by a bending machine on the job site that bends a joint of pipe to the required curvature (see Figure 3.3. Material testing methodologies utilizing the Barkhausen noise phenomenon (Barhausen Noise Analysis or Micromagnetic Analysis) study the microstructures of materials and are capable of identifying the presence of stresses (e. Heinrich Georg Barkhausen who first discovered the phenomenon.3. in a pipe segment) and discontinuities (e.

which are crawler tractors with a special hoisting frame attached to one side. FIGURE 3.10 Backfilling the Ditch With new pipelines. backfilling and bedding must be provided in a manner that will offer firm support for the pipeline and not damage either the pipe or the pipe coating by the type of backfill material used or subsequent surface activities.3-12 Applying Coating to Pipeline . 3.9 Lowering the Pipeline into the Ditch When the welding and coating are complete. In rocky soil or solid rock. 3.3-12).3-13). If the backfill material contains rocks or hard lumps that could damage the coating. When this is done. especially through rocky areas that might damage the pipe coating. a short distance at each end of the pipe joint is left bare to permit welding. or when conducting a maintenance activity for existing pipelines. the pipe is suspended over the ditch by sideboom tractors. In some cases. Tape is then wrapped over this coating to provide additional protection to the pipe and to protect the corrosion coating. backfilling procedures must not cause a distortion of the pipe cross section that would be detrimental to the operation of the piping and the passage of cleaning or internal inspection devices. The fine fill material protects the pipe coating from damage. care must be taken to protect the pipe and pipe coating from damage by such means as the use of mechanical shield material.3.3-14.3.61 coating materials. Typical backfilling operations are shown in Figure 3. Then the pipeline is gradually lowered to the bottom of the ditch (“lowering in”) (see Figure 3. Then those areas are coated and wrapped over the ditch after welding is complete. coating and wrapping are yard-applied to the pipe before the pipe is delivered to the job site (see Figure 3. it is sometimes necessary to put a bed of fine soil in the bottom of the ditch before lowering the pipeline.

Inc. Long pipelines will normally be tested in sections. Reproduced with permission. and then pressurizing the line to a specified pressure to check for leaks. Pipeline. Without a pig in downhill portions of the line.S.62 FIGURE 3. A batching pig driven ahead of the water is used to remove any air and forms an efficient seal to isolate that portion undergoing testing.S. undergo hydrostatic testing before being put into service. short pipelines may be tested as single units. filling it with water. federal safety regulations for pipelines require that pipelines used to transport hazardous or highly volatile liquids be tested at a pressure equal to 125% of the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) for at least four continuous hours and for an additional four continuous hours at a pressure equal to 110% or more of the MAOP.11 Hydrostatic Testing All newly installed pipelines. trapping pockets at the highest points within the pipe.3. U. if the line cannot also be visually inspected for leakage during the test. Hydrostatic testing involves isolating that portion of the pipeline undergoing testing. including pipe segments that have been replaced in existing pipelines.) 3.3-13 Lowering Pipe into Trench (Source: Photos courtesy of U. the water will run down underneath the air. .

some water will still remain and will contaminate the subsequent product unless it is removed. Pipeline. and a pump is used to “pressure up” the line. While the majority of the water will be removed simply by draining the water at appropriate locations along the segment undergoing a test. the pump is shut off and the “static” leak test commences. Once the specified pressure is attained.) Temporary connections for filling and draining the pipeline are used.. Reproduced with permission. if not removed. the pig is propelled along the pipeline by the products the pipeline was designed to carry.63 FIGURE 3. and once the pig . Inc. Often.S.3-14 Backfilling Pipeline (Source: Photos courtesy of U. the water is removed and typically delivered to a wastewater treatment facility (e.g. removing water and also removing construction debris that may still remain in the pipeline and could be very damaging to downstream pumps. A leak is indicated if the pressure falls over the period of the test. a publicly owned sewage treatment works) for treatment. Once hydrostatic testing is completed. Typically a pig is used that is designed specifically to capture water and deliver it to a point where it can be removed. This dewatering pig serves a dual purpose.

3. Also at this time. However. the pipeline is considered to be fully operational.3-16 show final contouring of a pipeline ROW and a reclaimed ROW. Depending on the vegetation reclamation plan that has been approved. the construction road may remain in place until adjacent spreads are completed. Figures 3. The water removal process described above is usually sufficient for crude oil and petroleum products. However. FIGURE 3.3-15 and 3.3-15 Final Contouring of Pipeline ROW (Source: Photo courtesy of FERC) . for some petrochemical feedstocks that would react adversely with water. or inert gases such as nitrogen are typically used to flush the pipeline and capture any last remaining amounts of water.3.64 and the water it has captured have been removed. depending on access constraints. construction equipment is removed and the construction ROW is reclaimed. reclamation of the disturbed area above the pipeline can begin at this time. if it provides the only access to those spreads. additional steps are taken to remove the last vestiges of water before the product is introduced. methanol.12 Final Grading and Reclamation Once backfill has been placed and properly compacted. as all construction work is completed for each spread. respectively. the original topsoil is returned to its original location and final grading and contouring are performed. Super-dry air.

an analogous approach to crossing a railroad would require that a section of the railroad directly above the pipeline path be removed and reinstalled after pipe installation is complete. the size of the stream or roadway. Road and Railroad Crossings. . Similarly. This dictates the depth of cover between the road or railroad and the pipe and whether additional design features are added to disperse the load to a sufficient degree so as to not deform the pipe. trenching alternatives are available if disruption of rail service cannot be tolerated. depending on the length of the crossing. Of primary importance is a calculation of the maximum dynamic loading on the pipe from traffic or trains.3. applicable regulations. Crossing roadways or railroads can be done by either trenching or boring. a long-distance pipeline may cross scores of each. where federal lands are involved. this method is often not permitted for busy thoroughfares. Railroad. and Waterbody Crossings Even small pipeline projects often involve crossing roadways and streams. The road itself must be removed in that portion that overlays the pipeline and reinstalled after pipeline installation is complete.3-17.13 Special Conditions 3. Because of the obvious disruptions to traffic flow that will result. and instead a trenching technique that will allow the road to remain in service would be used. the extant policies of the federal land owner.13. the roadway must be closed to traffic for some period of time. A variety of techniques are used for crossing these obstacles. and. Again.3-16 Revegetated Pipeline ROW (Source: Photo courtesy of FERC) 3.1 Road. When trenching. Virtually identical design considerations are made for road and railroad crossings.3.65 FIGURE 3. A schematic of a typical trenched road crossing is shown in Figure 3.

3-18 provides an example of a bored pipeline road crossing. The American Petroleum Institute document API RP 1102 provides guidance for pipelines running under roads. . pipe sleeves. or concrete slabs positioned above the pipe to disperse the dynamic loading from traffic and prevent deformation of the pipe. Figure 3. This sleeve arrangement is effective not only in reducing the load on the pipe but also in reducing corrosion in the segment of the pipe underlying the roadway. 4 feet of cover is adequate for pipelines 12 inches and smaller.3-17 Trenched Road Crossing (Source: Modified from FERC Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project image) Boring is done with a horizontal boring machine that drills a hole under the roadway or railroad without disturbing the road surface or the trackbed.66 FIGURE 3. then the pipeline is placed inside the conductor. A casing pipe is normally installed in the bored hole. Larger pipelines may require additional protection by way of more cover. Spacers are used to center the pipeline within the conductor. Generally.

The ditch is then backfilled. This technique does not use any method to divert the stream.3-19. and the pipe may be fitted with concrete weights to hold it in place against the stream currents and movement of stream bed sediments. A backhoe or dragline can be used in minor stream crossings to make a ditch for the pipe to rest in.3-18 Bored Road/Railroad Crossing (Source: Modified from FERC Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project image) Waterbody Crossings. making this the method of choice when existing regulations or policies do not require other techniques. Disadvantages include potentially significant pollutant and sediment runoff.67 FIGURE 3. The first is the open-cut wet (in-stream) method. the size and nature of the waterbody itself and the existing ecosystems. The pipe is installed and backfilled while the river/stream continues to run through the site. A schematic of a typical waterbody crossing is shown in Figure 3. The benefits are low cost and a quick completion time. most importantly. changes in . Strategies for crossing waterbodies depend on a number of sitespecific factors. Stream and river crossings can be made in a variety of ways. greatly increased total suspended sediment concentrations downstream.

3-20) and the flume method (see Figure 3. The two main methods of isolated crossings are the dam-and-pump method (see Figure 3. and impacts to aquatic ecosystems. The process proceeds in three basic steps. and inadequate maintenance. It is best-suited for narrow streams and rivers with flows less than 141 cubic feet per second. Isolated crossing methods usually have less sediment yield than a wet crossing. the pipe is installed and backfilled. dam failures. but are often more expensive and more time consuming.3-19 Typical Waterbody Crossing (Source: Modified from FERC Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project image) channel morphology. Then the trench is excavated. Additionally. including no disruption of traffic on the waterway and minimum environmental impact. In the dam-and-pump method. An alternative method of waterbody crossings is called the open-cut dry (isolated) method. the stream is dammed and water is transferred across the construction site by means of a temporary hose or pipe and pump. insufficient sump storage.68 FIGURE 3. flume failures. These problems can be mitigated only by a quick completion time. It offers several advantages. Here the stream is isolated and diverted around the pipeline crossing. Other problems may arise from leakage around/underneath the dam. First. the pilot hole is enlarged to a diameter larger than the diameter of pipe to be installed. For larger bodies of water. the installation and removal of the dam can cause high releases of sediment.3-21). In the flume method. A similar slurry is also often pumped into the enlarged hole to prevent it from . Secondly. A slurry composed of bentonite clay is typically used to lubricate the drill and bring cuttings out of the hole. insufficient pump capacity. the stream is dammed and a culvert is installed. horizontal directional drilling (HDD) may be used. and then water diversion structures are removed and the stream is allowed to restabilize over the buried pipe. a pilot hole is drilled.

3-22.3-20 Dam-and-Pump River Crossing with Two Pipelines (Source: Modified from FERC Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project image) collapsing before the pipe can be installed.69 FIGURE 3. Heavy equipment is required on both sides of the waterbody crossing for HDD. The drilling rig spread requires a minimum 100-foot wide by 150-foot long area on each bank. The width should be what . using the same drill rig that bored the initial and enlarged holes. the prefabricated pipe segment is pulled into the hole. The length of workspace should be sufficient to permit fabricating the product pipeline into one string. This sequence of steps is depicted in Figure 3. Finally. The drilling operation requires large volumes of water for mixing the drilling slurry. often but not necessarily withdrawn from the waterbody being crossed.

70 FIGURE 3. assuring that the pipe can be installed in one uninterrupted operation during the pullback. Slurries recovered from the hole are delivered to these pits where they can be recycled.3-21 Flume Water Crossing with Two Pipelines (Source: Modified from FERC Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project image) is necessary for normal pipeline construction. The recommended minimum cover depth is 20 feet for the lowest section of the crossing. Slurry pits are constructed in the construction zone to support boring operations. although a workspace of 100-foot wide by 150-foot long will also be required at the exit point. the slurries are removed for use at another drilling operation or used elsewhere in the pipeline construction project to be mixed with native soils to enhance slope stability or increase . At the completion of drilling.

In addition. Some pipelines are installed on “pipeline bridges.3-23). slurries are disposed of as nonhazardous wastes.3-22 Typical Directional Drilling under Waterway (Source: Modified from FERC Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project image) water retention properties. including the presence of traffic on the waterway. Use of this method depends on a number of factors. where warranted.71 FIGURE 3. a dry wash subject to .” steel structures built to suspend the pipeline above the stream. Not all streams are crossed by installing the pipeline beneath the stream. Instances in which anchoring is required include river crossings where currents can cause pipe movement or scour beneath the pipe installed on top of the river bed. new pipeline construction may cross existing pipelines in service (see Figure 3. Otherwise.

and excavation would be limited to the area immediately over the trench line. 3. In areas where there is no reasonable access to the ROW except through wetlands. A limited amount of stump removal and grading could be conducted in other areas if dictated by safety-related concerns. excavating the trench. if required and allowed by law. .13.3. and restoring the ROW. Figure 3. grading. Clearing vegetation in wetlands would be limited to trees and shrubs. which would be cut flush with the surface of the ground and removed from the wetland. nonessential equipment would be allowed to travel through wetlands only if the ground was firm enough or had been stabilized to avoid rutting.2 Crossing Wetlands Crossing wetlands. nonessential equipment would be allowed to travel through wetlands only once. To avoid excessive disruption of wetland soils and the native seeds and rootstocks within the wetland soils. Construction equipment working in wetlands would be limited to that essential for clearing the ROW.3-24 depicts a typical saturated wetland crossing with topsoil segregation. Otherwise. backfilling the trench. fabricating and installing the pipeline. stump removal. creates unique construction challenges. or where certain types of backfill are used.3-23 Waterbody Crossing Containing a Second Pipeline (Source: Modified from FERC Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project image) temporary flooding or extraordinarily fast stream flows after heavy rains.72 FIGURE 3. topsoil segregation.

73 FIGURE 3.3-24 Saturated Wetland Crossing (Source: Modified from FERC Golden Pass LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project image) .

where necessary. leaving no crown over the trench line. Topsoil segregation generally would not be possible in saturated soils. mulch. construction would occur in a manner similar to conventional upland cross-country construction techniques. or certified weed-free straw mats. In wetlands where no standing water was present. and/or certified weed-free straw mats would be removed from wetlands following backfilling.74 During clearing. Alternatively. the pipe would be padded with rock-free soil or sand before backfilling with native bedrock and soil. Where topsoil has been segregated from subsoil. followed by the topsoil. the construction ROW would be seeded in accordance with the recommendations of local soil conservation authorities. timber riprap. After the pipeline was floated into place. . Once revegetation was successful. The method of pipeline construction used in wetlands would depend largely on the stability of the soils at the time of construction. and fertilizer would not be used in wetlands. the pipeline could be installed using the push-pull technique. timber riprap. sediment barriers such as silt fences and staked certified weed-free straw bales would be installed and maintained adjacent to wetlands and within additional temporary workspace areas as necessary to minimize the potential for sediment runoff. the floats would be removed and the pipeline would sink into place. Where wetlands are located at the base of slopes. permanent slope breakers would be constructed across the ROW in upland areas adjacent to the wetland boundary. Sediment barriers also would be installed across the full width of the construction ROW at the base of slopes adjacent to wetland boundaries. geotextile fabric. gravel fill. Most pipe installed in saturated wetlands would be encased in concrete or equipped with set-on weights to provide negative buoyancy (see Figure 3. The push-pull technique involves stringing and welding the pipeline outside of the wetland and excavating and backfilling the trench using a backhoe supported by equipment mats or timber riprap. The prefabricated pipeline would be installed in the wetland by equipping it with buoys and pushing or pulling it across the water-filled trench. If wetland soils are not excessively saturated at the time of construction and can support construction equipment on equipment mats.3-25). In unsaturated wetlands. sediment barriers would be removed from the ROW and disposed of properly. Temporary sediment barriers would be installed where necessary until revegetation of adjacent upland areas was successful. Equipment mats. topsoil from the trench line would be stripped and stored separately from subsoil. Silt fences and/or certified weed-free straw bales installed across the working side of the ROW would be removed during the day when vehicle traffic was present and would be replaced each night. In some areas where wetlands overlie rocky soils. drivable berms could be installed and maintained across the ROW in lieu of silt fences or certified weed-free straw bales. restoration of contours would be accomplished during backfilling. Prior to backfilling. trench breakers would be installed where necessary to prevent the subsurface drainage of water from wetlands. Sediment barriers also would be installed within wetlands along the edge of the ROW. Lime. the subsoil would be backfilled first. Because little or no grading would occur in wetlands. Topsoil would be replaced to the original ground level. to minimize the potential for sediment to run off the construction ROW and into wetland areas located outside the work area. Where wetland soils were saturated and/or inundated.

soil from the high side of the ROW would be excavated and moved to the low side of the ROW to create a safe and level work terrace.75 FIGURE 3. the slopes would be cut away and. cut-and-fill grading may be required to obtain a safe.) 3. Reproduced with permission. Under these circumstances. and the slope’s original contours would be restored. after the pipeline was installed. Generally. Inc. flat. In such areas. reconstructed to their original contours during final contouring and before restoration of surface vegetation. After the pipeline is installed.3-25 Concrete-Coated Pipe in a Wetland (Source: Photo courtesy of U. Steep slopes often need to be graded down to a more gentle slope to accommodate pipe-bending limitations and the limits of pump capabilities to move product over a grade change. on steep side-slopes. Temporary slope breakers consisting of mounded and compacted soil would be installed across the ROW during grading.S. In areas where the proposed pipeline route crosses laterally along the side of a slope. the soil from the low side of the ROW would be returned to the high side. work terrace. Additional grading may be required in areas where the proposed pipeline route would cross steep slopes. the topsoil would be stripped from the entire width of the ROW.13.3. Pipeline.3 Elevated Areas and Rugged Topography There may be multiple areas that would require additional workspace areas due to exceptionally rugged or steep terrain. topsoil replaced. temporary sediment barriers such as silt fences and certified weed-free straw bales would be installed during clearing to prevent the movement of disturbed soil off the ROW. In steep terrain. and permanent slope breakers would be installed during .

Check valves are placed at each significant change in grade to prevent backflow of product in the event of a failure of the upstream pumps. valves are installed at either side of sensitive or potentially problematic segments such as waterbody crossings. 3. tractor-mounted mechanical rippers or rock trenchers would be used for fracturing the rock prior to excavation. repair. Whenever possible. 3. Once the bypass is positioned.3. The location and number of pump stations. crushing the rock to a uniform size may be necessary to prevent damage to the pipe during placement and to ensure proper backfilling density and minimize the potential for future subsidence.. Pressure will fall with distance from the pump station due to grade changes (if any) and frictional losses. blasting would be required. Such isolation limits the scale of the adverse consequences that could occur in the event of a pipeline rupture in those segments. Such bypasses are typically removed (and the hot taps repaired) once the task is completed.4 Valves Valves are installed at various locations along the mainline for various operational controls and to isolate segments of the pipeline for maintenance or replacement or to limit the amount of product in jeopardy of spilling in the event of a pipeline break. seed would be applied to steep slopes and the ROW mulched with certified weed-free hay or nonbrittle straw or covered with erosion-control fabric.5 Pump Stations and Terminals Pumps that provide the operating capability of a pipeline are located within pump stations. or replacement without shutting down operation of the pipeline. excavated rock would be used to backfill the trench to the top of the existing bedrock profile. Bypasses may need to be installed around mainline valves or damaged pipeline segments to facilitate maintenance. With the discharge pressure setting the lower pressure limit and the burst .3. are dictated by a number of factors. as well as the size and power of the pumps. When rock or rocky formations are encountered. Typically.76 cleanup. Following construction. In areas where mechanical equipment could not break up or loosen the bedrock. Liquids exiting a pump station will be at their highest pressure.10 for additional discussions regarding repairs of operational pipelines.13. Bypasses typically consist of the requisite length of substitute pipe. each end of which is attached to a manually operated valve and two “hot taps” (devices that cut into the pipeline and divert the flow from the mainline pipe segment to be isolated to the bypass pipe). Such check valves can serve to quickly and efficiently isolate those segments of the pipeline in the event a problem should occur. To be effective. the pipeline’s operating pressure must be maintained at or above the design discharge pressure at the pipeline’s final destination.13. Plants with noninvasive root systems and indigenous to the area or approved by the federal land steward’s vegetation management plan would be planted for long-term erosion control. and the desired throughput. the bypass valves are opened and the hot taps are operated to tap into the existing pipe. Sediment barriers would be maintained across the ROW until permanent vegetation is established. however. including topography along the ROW (elevation changes). See Section 4. the specific gravity and viscosity of the commodity.

shutting down or starting a pump) can also be controlled remotely from the pipeline control center. Gathering pipelines from various production areas on the North Slope deliver a mixture of gas. Figure 3.3-27. the start of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) at the North Slope. as well as the size and power of the pumps at each of these stations. pump station footprints can vary in size from a few acres to as many as 50 acres or more. The terminal may or may not be owned and operated by the same company that owns and operates the pipeline. The terminus of a pipeline is typically located within or adjacent to a petroleum bulk terminal. Typical pump station configurations involve at least three pumps connected to the pipeline in parallel.g. all actions that could be taken at a pump station that affect operational conditions in the pipeline (e. water. Maintenance shops and parts warehouses are also often colocated at pump stations.. A typical pipeline breakout station is shown in Figure 3.3-26 is an artist’s representation of Pump Station No. 802 miles south on Prince William Sound.77 pressure of the pipe and other components setting the maximum pressure. While housing the pumps and their prime movers remains the primary function. calculations can determine the number and location of pump stations required. and crude oil from wellheads to a central gathering facility where the gaseous and aqueous fractions are removed and the crude oil is metered and introduced into the TAPS for its journey to the Valdez Marine Terminal. redirect them to a different pipeline. or in the event of a failure of one of the operating pumps. many pump stations have the ability to introduce commodities into the pipeline or to remove them and direct them to storage tanks located on-site. The TAPS terminus is the breakout station at the Valdez Marine Terminal where crude oil is recovered from the pipeline and sent to various storage tanks to await load-out to oceangoing tankers for delivery to refineries in the contiguous United States and elsewhere. other activities such as pig launching and recovery also are typically colocated at pump stations. Such a configuration also allows pumps to be taken off-line for maintenance or replacement without affecting the operating status of the pipeline. or load them directly to truck transports or vessels for additional transport to points of use. especially when such transfers into or out of the pipeline system represent a change in custody or ownership of the commodity. Such actions are typically further supported by the capability to meter volumetric flow. Storage or “breakout” tanks are used to support maintenance or replacement activities where draining pipeline segments is required and are also an essential part of emergency-response actions to limit the amount of commodity in jeopardy of release or to relieve pressure on damaged pipeline segments. Pump stations can be fully automated or manned. Alaska. 1. Also. The pipeline ends at a breakout station where terminal personnel can perform final metering and distribute products to various storage tanks. Even for manned stations. Two of the three pumps operate while the third remains available. . if needed. either continuously or during one or more shifts. however. Depending on the array of planned activities.

3-26 Crude Oil Pipeline Pump Station (Source: TAPS Final Environmental Impact Statement) FIGURE 3.78 FIGURE 3. Argonne staff) . Yarborough.3-27 Typical Pipeline Breakout Station (Terminus) at a Petroleum Terminal (Source: V.

Mechanical damage must be evaluated and repaired as necessary. there are many surveillance activities that are common to all types of energy systems that might be adjacent to one another.2 ROW Inspections ROW inspections occur with regularity. Agreements between system operators and the federal land manager to combine routine surveillance activities can reduce environmental impacts that would result from independently conducted inspections and could potentially increase operating efficiencies for all of the system operators within the ROW. Depending on lease stipulations and other factors. Regardless of the opportunities for combining efforts and he resources of system operators for common tasks. the operator should investigate further to determine the extent of corrosion. Although no system operator would be willing to entirely relinquish inspection activities to another system operator. In some instances. but are not appropriate for many required inspection tasks. The pipeline should be inspected prior to and during backfilling of the exposed section. general corrosion. Flyover inspections are the most common and most efficient method for routine surveillance. in accordance with company repair procedures. or corrosion that has caused a leak. system operators remain individually responsible for the integrity of their systems and consequently will retain certain surveillance tasks for themselves. Depending on the individual pipeline operator.79 4 PIPELINE OPERATIONS 4. company polices may result in more restrictive requirements for each of the actions. If the operator finds active corrosion. 4. the operator typically examines the pipe for evidence of mechanical damage or external corrosion. frequencies can be as high as weekly.1. creating the possibility for a more integrated approach to routine inspections. integration of passive surveillance systems can potentially save costs and increase overall observational frequencies for all of the energy systems present. . 4. Unique opportunities exist for surveillance and inspection activities for multiple pipelines or other energy transmission systems on adjacent ROWs. Inspections can involve individuals walking the ROW and also aerial surveillance.1. including the coating.1 Inspections during Excavation Whenever a pipe is exposed for any reason. Coating damage should be repaired prior to reburying the pipeline. Similarly.1 INSPECTIONS AND MARKERS The activities discussed below represent standard industry practices. regulation or lease stipulation specify how such activities will be conducted.

inspection. carbon dioxide. pipeline repairs are typically made in accordance with ASME standard B31. based on information obtained from various monitoring and inspection activities. and testing of piping transporting crude oil.80 4. 4. The design maximum operating pressure. All hazardous liquid pipelines attached to bridges or otherwise spanning an area should have pipeline markers that are visible and readable at both ends of the suspended pipeline. Unless otherwise specified by applicable regulation or lease stipulation. 39 The required tests and the formulae for calculating minimum yield strength and the consequent maximum operating pressure of a liquid pipeline carrying hazardous materials are contained in 49 CFR 196. liquid anhydrous ammonia.cfm. flanges. is the product of numerous engineering parameters and limits.2 PIPELINE REPAIRS In most instances. and the pressure-containing portions of other support components. 4. 40 This and other ASME standards can be purchased through the ASME website at http://catalog. 2002. construction. materials. condensate. thus providing adequate safety margins against the minimum burst pressures of each pipeline component. and liquid petroleum products including petrochemical feedstocks and secondary refinery feedstocks. liquid alcohol. relief devices. can result in an order for the pipeline to be operated at a reduced operating pressure (expressed typically as a new lower maximum operating rate) until observed or indicated deficiencies are further investigated and resolved. fittings. natural gasoline. natural gas liquids.4 Change in Operating Rate Each pipeline system is designed to a maximum operating rate. especially those that determine the extent of external and internal corrosion. expressed as volumetric flow of the carried commodity over time. valves. the most critical of which from a safety perspective are the suite of minimum yield stress pressures.”40 ASME B31. Burst pressures are calculated initially for pipe segments and other components and recalculated periodically over time. pressures above which pipeline components can break or burst.1. Pipeline components addressed in this standard include pipe.3 Pipeline Markers and Aboveground Facilities Proper pipeline markers should be placed where hazardous liquid pipelines and any associated facilities are exposed. including their review of monitoring and inspection data or in response to a system failure that is related to pressure. bolts. gaskets. assembly. pipeline repairs are accomplished expeditiously to ensure minimal disruption to pipeline operations. Regulations published by the DOT OPS in 49 CFR Part 195 require pipelines to calculate yield strengths and operate at a maximum percentage of that design minimum yield stress pressure.4 requirements and specifications extend to design. in turn.asme. .org/Codes/ PrintBook/B314_2006_Pipeline. This operating rate equates to a maximum operating pressure. either of which can have a dramatic influence over the component’s burst or yield pressure. liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).1.39 Oversight by OPS inspectors. or throughput. “Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquid Hydrocarbons and Other Liquids.4.106.

A launcher is required at the upstream end of the section. For obvious reasons. operating company personnel.” 4. . temporary bypass segments isolating the damaged segments may also be installed. The study must include pipe stress calculations based on API RP 1117. Often. Pigs that perform a variety of functions are essential to pipeline internal inspections.1 Moving and Lowering Hazardous Liquid Pipelines Prior to moving or lowering any hazardous liquid pipeline.2 Remedial Action for Corrosion Deficiencies Companies must initiate remedial action as necessary to correct deficiencies observed during corrosion monitoring. operating procedures. location of pump or compressor stations. 4.7. pressure-reducing stations. The most important goal of pipeline inspection is usually to assess corrosion-caused metal loss. and a receiver is required at the downstream end. “Movement of In-Service Pipelines.81 Additionally.3 PIGGING ACTIVITIES A variety of inspection techniques and technologies are used to monitor pipeline condition and integrity. any launched pig must be retrieved from the mainline pipe before the pipe reaches the next pump station.2. hazardous liquid pipeline companies typically prepare a study to determine whether the proposed action will cause an unsafe condition. and the material used in the pig. environment. this standard extends to marine pipelines and piping at tank farms. and metering stations and all aspects of pipeline operation related to safety and protection of the general public. 4. a relatively minor construction activity compared to wholesale replacement of compromised pipe involving long-term shutdown of operations and major construction efforts equivalent to initial installation. launching and recovery facilities are colocated at pump stations. See additional discussions on corrosion control in Section 4. To limit operational downtime. property. Equipment is required to introduce the pig into the pipeline and to retrieve the pig at the end of the segment being pigged. But inspection also provides information on dents and other damage that may eventually cause failure and leaks. pump stations. Industry standards for allowable advancements of internal and external corrosion establish the action levels for such remedial activities. and the piping systems themselves. Remedial action may involve replacing the sacrificial anodes of a corrosion control system.2. terminals. The distance between these pig “traps” depends on the service.

41 Water can pose disposal problems for pipeline operators. such as ignitability. benzene is an important hazardous material. thereby reducing the amount of energy needed to pump the crude. Water used in hydrostatic testing of repaired pipelines that carried crude oil or petroleum products can become contaminated with hydrocarbons that require it to be managed as hazardous waste. However. a solid waste is any material discarded or intended to be discarded. Aerial surveillance and satellite imaging combined with interpretive software that can survey and detect things such as heat. Under RCRA. In sufficient quantities. corrosivity. Pipeline operators use a combination of techniques to monitor pipeline ROWs. size.5 PIPELINE SECURITY Third-party damage and ROW encroachments are the biggest threats to pipeline safety. dependent on the product. reactivity. For pipelines. the mixture is not considered a hazardous waste. Many pipeline operators are also enlisting the support of adjacent landowners in establishing programs for reporting observed suspicious activities along the ROWs. For high-viscosity crude oils (i. undertaking such purposeful mixing of waste streams to avoid the application of hazardous waste regulatory controls is prohibited. a diluent is often added to enhance the pumpability of the crude and reduce the frictional drag on the inside pipeline walls. Furthermore. such as the static reducer added to diesels. semisolid. Fiber optic broadband capabilities along ROWs typically are used to assist in this effort. Another important aspect of RCRA is the mixture rule. Certain 41 The mixture rule will always be in effect when “listed” hazardous wastes are involved.e. liquid. if mixing a “characteristic” hazardous waste with a nonhazardous waste results in a mixture that no longer exhibits the characteristic. However. or toxicity. as it is a component in crude oil and in many petroleum distillate fuels and secondary feedstocks that are routinely delivered by pipeline.6 WASTE MANAGEMENT The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) plays a key role in determining environmental standards for the management of solid and hazardous wastes. and shape.82 4. its presence can cause any spilled products to meet the regulatory definition of hazardous waste. low API gravity numbers). 40 CFR 261. Mixing any listed hazardous waste with a nonhazardous waste renders the entire mixture hazardous. or contain gases. 4. there may be other chemicals that affect the properties of the fluids in transmission systems. which can alert operators to potential encroachment concerns. it may be solid. color.4 CHEMICAL ADDITIVES Drag-reducing agents or other chemicals to improve the flow characteristics of the pipeline are always present and something to consider in any analysis of pipeline systems.. Such diluents are typically low-viscosity petroleum refining fractions such as raw naphtha. A solid waste is a hazardous waste if it is one of more than 400 materials listed as a hazardous waste or it exhibits one or more of the characteristics of hazardous waste defined in federal or state regulations.3(a)(2)(iii and iv). . 4.

Details on its chemical and physical properties can be obtained at the following website: http://www. 4.83 constituents in crude oil or petroleum distillates are also listed as hazardous waste (e. and storage tanks must also be controlled. Pipeline operators must also be concerned about sources of nitrous oxide. sludge and other materials removed from such pipeline systems during routine cleaning or repairs may also qualify as hazardous waste and must routinely undergo hazardous waste determinations against the standards and specifications contained in federal or state regulations before management and disposal options are selected. condensates removed from pipelines carrying such commodities may need to be managed as hazardous wastes. . the soil can act as an electrolyte. or upgrading activities are conducted. with the magnitudes of such electrical potential differences depending on soil types and myriad other local conditions. “Fugitive” emissions of benzene from seals on pumps. Likewise. Keifner and Vieth (1990) established that the 42 The most commonly used odorant is methyl mercaptan.pdf. Areas of different electrical potential exist throughout the trace of a pipeline. Stormwater controls must be established before construction begins and must be maintained until reclamation has progressed sufficiently to stabilize disturbed areas. In the case of a buried pipeline. Similar controls may need to be reinstated before major repair. facilitating the transfer of electrons from a metallic object such as a buried pipe (the anode in this electrochemical engine) and the ground. and the area of lower potential (the cathode) will not be subject to corrosion. and emissions from pump engines. earning them the common name of “sacrificial anodes” since they are being sacrificed and allowed to corrode instead of the pipe. The pipeline becomes the cathode of the system. hydrogen sulfide. The area of higher potential (the anode) will be corroded. Substances of concern to pipeline operators include carbon dioxide. Another important environmental consideration in pipeline construction and operation is impact to air quality.7 CATHODIC CORROSION PROTECTION Underground corrosion of steel pipelines can result from the flow of electrical current between areas of different electric potential. resulting in the subsequent flow of electrical current from the anodes to the ground. carbon monoxide.. especially through its requirements for permits for activities in wetlands and stormwater management (particularly during the construction and decommissioning phases). and mercaptan. valves. and its corrosion is prevented as long as some anode material remains. the anodes deteriorate. anodes made of materials that are more conducive to electrical current delivery than the steel of the pipeline are electrically bonded to the pipe and installed along the pipeline route. Consequently.g.praxair. In a cathodic protection system. replacement. The Clean Water Act influences pipeline construction. benzene).com/praxair. a sulfur-containing hydrocarbon42 that is introduced into natural gas systems as an odorant.nsf/d63afe71c771b0d785256519006c5ea1/ bd40c55346b4930f85256e5f007e8c2a/$FILE/MethylMercaptan-Canada. As electrons flow from these anodes. meters. and some of these constituents also have relatively high solubility in water.

corrosion is high in lowresistivity soils and can be low in very high resistivity soils. advanced methods are now employed to detect smaller leaks and others more rapidly. • • • • . 4.84 magnitude of the corrosion currents for a given potential difference between two electrodes (cathode and anode) depends on several factors: • Soil resistivity. Corrosion can be low in very high resistivity soils. Generally. Steady-state or transient condition of the pipeline. Anode and cathode polarization. and the concentration of ionized salts present. • • • • Since power requirements for cathodic protection systems are relatively low.8 LEAK DETECTION In addition to inspecting the pipeline route visually on the ground or by means of light aircraft. Protective films formed at the anode and cathode affect corrosion intensity. Relative surface areas of cathode and anode. Line size. Accuracy of the metering system and the accuracy of temperature and pressure transmitters. For a given magnitude of corrosion current. Separation between anode and cathode. Chemical constituents of the soil. Corrosion is more likely to occur when the anode and cathode are close together. moisture content. Wall thickness. the depth of corrosion on the anode will be inversely proportional to anode area. Length of line. The minimum size leak that can be detected depends on a number of factors: • • Type of fluid in the pipe. This is determined by temperature. the application fits the capabilities of solar energy systems.

such as close interval surveys (to ensure that the pipe is not corroding) and physically uncovering selected segments of the pipeline and examining the external coating as well as the steel pipe. Their overview is summarized below. and by the use of internal inspection tools. Experience of the personnel involved. 4. smart pigs record physical data about the pipeline’s integrity (e. and geometry tools. but can also be used with more complex leak detection models. Hydrostatic testing involves pressuring the pipe to a level equal to or above its normal operating pressure. Direct assessment methods include various types of cathodic protection surveys. dents. Oil pipeline operators generally use a combination of direct assessments. etc. and/or hydrostatic tests for ensuring the safe and reliable operation. The pipeline ROW may be assessed by ground and aerial surveillance to look for any discoloration of plants and grasses as well as to observe unusual activity in the area of the pipeline (for potential outside force damage). crack-detection tools. oil pipeline operators have required the use of specialized smart pigs.g. Metering accuracy plays a key role in leak detection because one important way to detect leaks is by direct observation of the pressure drop and volume loss. A detailed examination of the internal and external condition of the pipe also can be accomplished when sections of pipe are inspected or removed for any reason. Smart pigs are routinely used by the oil pipeline industry to detect loss of metal and in some cases deformations in the pipeline. As smart pig technology has evolved. . Since their development in the 1960s. This approach can be effective with relatively simple instrumentation. installation of test leads. Pipeline integrity can be determined through direct assessment methods. location of reduced pipe wall thickness. Using direct assessment methods.9 INTEGRITY ASSESMENTS Routine evaluation of the physical condition of an oil pipeline is critical for ensuring pipeline safety. such as pipeline relocation. Specialized smart pigs have evolved into three types: metal-loss tools. hydrostatic testing. smart pigs have undergone several generations of technological advancements. based on comparing the flow into a segment of pipeline and the flow out of the segment. The AOPL and the API have jointly published an overview of pipeline integrity programs in effect for liquid pipeline systems (AOPL/API 2006). Internal inspections of oil pipelines involve the use of smart pigs.. installation of taps. Evaluation of smart pig data allows the pipeline operator to make integrity decisions about the pipeline and to find and mitigate potential problem areas before they become a problem.85 • • Analytical equipment.) as they move through the pipeline. oil pipeline operators can determine the integrity of an oil pipeline through visual and physical (internal and external) observations. Inserted into the pipeline and propelled by the flowing liquid. internal inspection tools. etc. Instrumented pigs have been used to monitor a pipeline for leaks.

and axial gouges. Highresolution MFL smart pigs can not only locate potential corrosion. Another smart pig. but can also collect data to allow for a determination of whether the corrosion is advancing from the inside or outside of the pipe. known as the transverse magnetic flux leakage pig. 4. The ultrasonic smart pig. however. selective seam corrosion. Thus. However. interpreting the reflection of that sound back to the instrument as a crack. pipe deformations must be identified and corrected. its overall effectiveness decreases with decreasing wall thicknesses. They are designed to . is similar in operation to the magnetic flux smart pig discussed above. also called the UT tool. visual inspections of suspect areas typically follow the use of this pig. measures pipe wall thickness by using ultrasonic technology. The magnetic flux leakage (MFL) smart pig induces a magnetic field in the pipe and monitors for anomalies in the magnetic field that are later interpreted as potential metal losses due to corrosion. smart pigs are not reliable for identifying flaws in the pipe that are oriented along the pipe’s long axis. Consequently. small cracks may not be detected. making this tool especially sensitive to longitudinal seams cracks and longitudinal seam corrosion.9.9. the inside surface of the pipe must be relatively clean for the tool to be effective. One such tool uses ultrasonic sound. corrosion must have advanced to a depth of at least 20% of the pipe wall thickness before smart pigs can detect it.3 Geometry Tools As discussed above. The UT tool transmits an ultrasonic pulse into the pipe wall and directly measures its thickness.86 4. it cannot determine its severity. such as stress corrosion cracking. Industry standards have been developed for use of the collected data to perform calculations of such characteristics as the depth of corrosion pitting. the magnetic field it creates is oriented along the long axis of the pipe.1 Metal-Loss Tools (Corrosion Tools) A number of smart pigs have been developed to inspect for metal loss. consequently it is not typically used for crude oil or heavy oil pipelines where paraffins or other debris can accumulate on interior pipe walls. and while the tool can detect the presence of a larger crack. Further. 4. Various smart pigs have been developed for that purpose. because the ultrasonic signal would not travel effectively in a gaseous pipeline. However. Nevertheless.9. However. Smart pigs are now under development that simultaneously send ultrasonic in two directions along the pipeline to locate and size longitudinally oriented crack and manufacturing defects.2 Crack-Detection Tools A variety of smart pigs are now available with instrumentation that can identify cracks in pipe walls. the “roundness” of a pipe is critical to the overall performance and delivery capacity of the pipeline system. this tool is effective only for use in liquid pipelines. but typically.

Caliper pigs can use either mechanical arms or electromagnetic signals to identify the exact locations of the interior pipe wall. and both operate on the same principles. but incorporate a gyroscope for locating anomalies along the pipe’s circumference more precisely. the damaged section can be removed and the repair made.200 psi and temperatures from –20°F to 650°F. Plugging can be done at pressures to 1. isolating the damaged mainline pipe. identified anomalies or suspect areas can be precisely located for directed repair and maintenance. Typically. Data collected as the pig moves along the pipe can then be interpreted as dents or deformations in the pipe. with the majority of the repairs occurring while the pipeline remains operational. Pipe deformation smart pigs are similar in function to caliper pigs. Once the repair is completed. in diameter. With this feature. caliper pigs and pipe deformation pigs. Equipment is available to perform this type of operation on pipe sizes up to 48 in. 4.9. the bypass valves can be left in place as a means of sealing the hot taps. “hot tap” machines already attached to the newly installed bypass valves will tap the pipeline to allow product to flow through the bypass. .10 PIPELINE REPAIR TECHNIQUES Leaks in the pipeline demand immediate attention. None of these repair strategies can be selected until a thorough investigation is completed to fully understand the nature and causal factors of the leak. Once the bypass components are in place. the bypass valves can be closed and the product flow returned to the newly repair segment of the pipeline. the hot taps initially made to create the bypass must be patched. plugs are inserted to temporarily isolate the damaged area so that isolating valves and a bypass could be installed. Repairs to mainline pipe can be accomplished in a variety of ways.87 identify external dents or damage to the pipe from external forces that have caused a change in overall pipe geometry. Hot taps can be made into pipelines operating at pressures up to 1. to application of a patch to the existing pipe. With the damaged section drained of fluid and the pressure relieved. or.4 Mapping Tools Smart pigs equipped with global positioning system (GPS) capabilities are also in service. In addition to replacement of damaged pipe.400 psi and temperatures from –20°F to 700°F. repairs could also involve reburial or rerouting of the pipe to prevent reoccurrence of the damage. 4. many might involve only very temporary interruption of operations to isolate and bypass the damaged area. Two basic types of geometry pigs are in service. If removal is called for. A variety of plugging pigs are available expressly for this purpose. Bypass components may be left in place or removed. Although some repairs require an entire shutdown of the pipeline. from replacement of an entire segment to replacement of a small section within which the leak has occurred. alternatively.

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Physically disconnecting the pipeline from any operating facilities. that point is reached when maintenance and replacement costs for older equipment begin to outweigh the value obtained from continued operation. pump stations and all of the equipment therein) are removed and recycled. Unless it is incompatible with future land uses planned for the ROW..g. industry practice is to leave a mainline pipe in the pipeline trench located in the ROW. Removing the product from the most mainline pipe is abandoned in place. Removal costs also encourage abandonment in place. From an operational perspective. pipeline systems can remain functional for much longer periods of time. Hardening foam is injected at certain locations along the pipe to prevent water and contamination migration through the pipeline. Capping the pipe at all open ends by welding on steel caps. 43 Because cost of removal may be as great as initial installation costs and the value recovered from recycling mainline pipe is not likely to cover removal costs. Alternatively. and all aboveground features (e. The economic lifetime of a pipeline (the time necessary for depreciation of the initial investment) is typically around 50 years.htm. valves. See: http://ops. DOT’s OPS maintains statistics regarding the lengths of interstate pipelines abandoned in place. Advancements in technology can also signify the point in a system’s lifetime when decommissioning is warranted. decommissioning may be appropriate due to a change in demand for the commodity being transported or when the locations being served by the pipeline no longer align with locations of high demand for the commodity or when more economical alternative supply paths have been established. air. Land owners may also require removal of all belowground elements that exist within 3 to 4 ft of the surface so as not to encumber reestablishment of vegetative cover or impede surface land uses such as agricultural uses. Finally. however. with a sufficient commitment to maintenance and upgrading. or inert gas. .89 5 DECOMMISSION AND DEMOLITION Decommissioning is the process of taking equipment out of service when it has reached the end of its useful Any unnecessary surface facilities associated with the abandoned pipe are typically also removed. Cleaning the line by flushing it with fresh water. special fittings. decommissioning may be specifically directed by lease or permit stipulation. however.43 This prevents the additional ecosystem disturbances that would result during removal of the pipe and other buried components. Typical abandonment-in-place processes include: • • • • • • Removing any cathodic protection from the pipeline.

this might lead to surface subsidence when the pipe corrodes to the point that the empty pipe can no longer support the weight of the overburden. there can be circumstances in which removal of buried pipe or removal of pipe from beneath a waterbody can cause more disruption to ecosystems (including the disruption caused by constructing the necessary access roads for the heavy equipment needed for pipe removal) than abandoning those segments in place. . As suggested above.90 Decommissioning plans are very site-specific and may not call for the same techniques throughout the entire pipeline system. allowing the pipe to corrode as circumstances would dictate. In those instances. In those instances. and abandon the pipe and associated infrastructure in place. the decision may be to purge and clean the pipe of product. pipe corrosion control systems are also abandoned. abandonment may also include filling the pipe segment to the greatest extent possible with inert material such as sand. remediate any accidentally released products. Eventually. Typically.

to determine the short-term and long-term impacts of a release and to devise the appropriate response actions to mitigate those impacts without increasing the risk to facility response personnel or the public from inappropriate response actions. Evaluations of off-normal events. Notwithstanding such efforts. For the purposes of impact analysis. the public.g. Consequently. the impacts depend on the environmental setting and the quantity and nature of the leaks. provide a basis for both the urgency and the necessary scale of the response action. However. earthquakes. there is no difference whether a leak or rupture occurs along the pipeline or at a pump station. the expected frequencies of such events. When applied to operations involving hazardous materials. Automated systems are typically 44 Reliability-Centered Maintenance is a process for systematically and scientifically establishing appropriate maintenance actions. and the environment that would result from component or system failure. releases of flammable liquids with high vapor pressures in lowland areas require a determination of the potential for formation of explosive vapor atmospheres before response actions involving internal combustion engines or spark-producing equipment could commence. the nature. mechanical. human error). monitoring the pipeline’s flow parameters. For example.. Pipeline ruptures will result in significant pressure drops. potential natural. and performing periodic maintenance (especially. ecosystems potentially impacted). it is important to note that pipeline control centers routinely monitor pressures along the system as their primary leak detection capability. instituting operational procedures and controls.g. In all instances. for example. Review of pipeline design features. Likewise. and the potential magnitude and severity of the events in terms of the amounts and types of commodities released. such as distance from the release to the nearest upstream and downstream valves. scope. mechanical system failures and human error can still occur. . together with circumstantial factors such as environmental features and distance to areas of critical environmental concern (ACEC) or sensitive ecosystems.and long-term impacts and the appropriate response actions developed accordingly. or human causal factors (e. consider relevant circumstantial factors (e. the impact from a pipeline rupture would be similar to that from a large release due to an equipment failure at a pump station.91 6 EMERGENCIES AND OFF-NORMAL EVENTS Once pipelines are operational. and priorities for mechanical systems and other physical assets. in conformance with the principles of Reliability-Centered Maintenance)44 are all typically used to reduce the potential for accidental releases of commodities. would determine the maximum potential volume of product that would be in jeopardy of release. all pipeline operators are required to develop written procedures within an emergency plan that must address all credible off-normal events. equipment failure. and operators observing such pressure drops would immediately recognize the possibility of a rupture and began shutting operations down and isolating the segments where pressure drops first occurred. Each such credible event must be evaluated for its short. some of which may result in accidental releases of pipeline commodities. including credible spill scenarios. schedules. Such estimates. and priority of the maintenance actions are based on an understanding of the nature and extent of adverse consequences to workers. The impact from a continuous low-volume leak in the pipeline would be similar to that from drips or spills at the pump station.

and solubility. such properties must be considered in the development of appropriate spill response actions to prevent the response itself from exacerbating the impact of the initial spill. would be less mobile in the environment than less viscous refined products. ethylbenzene. crude oil.92 designed to do the same if the operator does not act within a certain time frame after the initial pressure drop alarm is initiated. Accidental releases of various commodities routinely conveyed by pipeline result in substantially different impacts and dictate fundamentally different response actions. therefore. Some. thereby increasing the chances of fracturing clay soils in the upper horizons and providing pathways for gasoline to move more rapidly to subsurface aquifers than might otherwise occur (EPA 2000). specific gravity. Each of these highly flammable components also has a relatively high vapor pressure under standard conditions and broad explosive ranges of their vapors in air. Obviously. In general. such as the BTEX fraction of gasoline45 are composed of polar organic molecules with relatively high solubility in water. In addition to contributing to gasoline’s viscosity. Such toxic constituents are also present in many refined products. benzene and xylene can increase the permeability of clay over time. . toxic constituents in crude oil such as benzene can find their way to groundwater or surface water. However. small-volume leaks may not necessarily result in pressure drops to which the system’s pressure monitors would respond. and the three isomers of xylene. thus increasing their potential environmental mobility from the spill site. due primarily to its viscosity. These chemicals can cause clay shrinkage and cracking. 45 The BTEX fraction is composed of benzene. toluene. such small leaks can go undetected at the pipeline control center and may remain undetected until pipeline ground or aerial surveillance crews discover the leak by visual observation. However. increasing the potential for their volatilization from the surface of a spilled fluid and the subsequent formation of vapor and air mixtures having explosive properties.



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